This is a cute and entertaining story about a group of farmyard animals that help raise money to repair their barn. The story begins with two silly cows, Celery and Nutmeg, who love to make music in their barn. Most of the animals love to hear the music, but some are a little jealous that they do not have an opportunity to learn to play instruments. One night, a huge storm sweeps over the farm and completely destroys the barn. Celery and Nutmeg have a wonderful idea–they will perform some concerts to raise money. Some of the other animals want to join in, but Celery and Nutmeg just want the show to be about them. They go on to have great success, but get swindled out of their money by a corrupt manager. They return to the farm completely dejected; things change, however, when they realize that the other animals can perform as well. All the farm animals join together for a wonderful “Moo Baa Hehaw Festival ” and enough money is raised to repair the roof. Now they are all singing and performing together.
I really like how this book has a positive message in the end by including the other animals in the performance. I am sure many children experience times where one child or a small group of children monopolize an event, and this is a great way to show that things work out better if everyone has an opportunity to participate and contribute. The artwork provided by Barbara Bakos is very colorful, whimsical, and humorous. Children will enjoy the various expressions on the animals’ faces.
To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for children between the ages of three and six years old. This is an especially good book for children that need to see the importance of letting others share in an experience or be able to contribute.
Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone who works with children between the ages of three and six years old.
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, cute story, positive message, and adorable illustrations–it is the complete package.