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Wednesday 27 October 2010

Review: Old MacDonald Had Some Land

WOW! What a great adaptation of a classic.

Watch for the parade of native Australian animals that inhabit this Old MacDonald’s land but to add to the well-known sing along quality of the rhyme are clues to hidden delights - for added to this traditional story is a lift-the-flap adventure with a clue to the animals’ identity on the flap as well as in the rhyme.

An extra beautiful touch is that the illustrations on and behind the flap belong to a collection of classic paintings by artist John Gould that are held in the National Library of Australia and the adults can read all about it at the back of the book.

This book surprised me more than I expected with its beauty and I was also delighted to find that even though my kids are getting bigger they are still held in drawn in by the clues and surprises of a lift-the-flap book.

- this review by Cate Hale

Title: Old MacDonald Had Some Land
Author: Susan Hall
Illustrator: Naomi Zouwer and John Gould
Publisher: National Library of Australia, A$17.95
Publication Date: 1 October 2009 
Format: Soft Cover
ISBN:  9780642276902
For ages: Pre-school
Type: Picture Book