Today we had a truly wonderful day at the farm. BookBairn did her very best duck impressions, chased the chickens, watched a cow bein...

Noisy Farm

Wednesday, July 06, 2016 BookBairn Blog 14 Comments


Today we had a truly wonderful day at the farm. BookBairn did her very best duck impressions, chased the chickens, watched a cow being milked, bounced on a trampoline, played on the swings and fell off the end of the slide. Throw in lunch and soft play and it's no wonder she was exhausted by bedtime. What a brilliant day!


When we got home BookBairn chose Axel Scheffler's 'Noisy Farm' off her bookshelf and immediately started pressing the noisy animals to reminisce about her day at the farm. She particularly liked the cockerel and his cock-a-doodle-do and has learned to say the word 'cockerel' (well, something like it, and no, it's not rude!). And she particularly enjoys pushing this button on the noisy book.

We have a few sound books now and BookBairn really likes them but to begin with she found pressing the buttons quite difficult. She has now mastered the art and mustered the strength and these are some of her favourite books. Written in rhyme, 'Nosiy Farm' is cute and follows the farmer around his very noisy farm. This book isn't really a wonderful story, what it is is a wonderful collection of fantastic illustrations making the animals instantly recognisable to little ones alongside a great sound gizmo that will keep little ones entertained read after read after read. Most of you will recognise Axel Scheffler's illustrations from the Julia Donaldson stories 'The Gruffalo' and 'Stick Man' amongst others and this book is true to his style. Bold colours, solid lines, animals with huge grins: perfect for little ones. BookBairn loves to spot the animals in the book as we read (see the video below from a few months ago).

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I truly love this book. In part, it's because I love watching this video (and the extended version) over and over because I think it captures a lovely moment between daddy and daughter. In a previous post (here) I linked an article that said fathers reading with their children interact in a different way than mothers and that it can be particularly beneficial to language development and you can see here that BookBairn is certainly developing language skills as she reads with her daddy. This book is perfect for early language acquisition. It has the fun element of the sounds to keep little ones excited and engaged and is packed full of illustrations to reinforce animals and farmyard vocabulary. If you are looking for a great book full of learning potential this is a fabulous pick!

Happy reading and cock-a-doodle-do pick this book up!
Mummy and BookBairn xx






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14 comments:

  1. BookBairn certainly recognises a lot of animals and I'm sure her language skills are developed by reading with both her Mummy and Daddy. She can name a large number of animals she spots in the books and can also make the appropriate animal noises. I love listening to her.

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    1. I love listening to her too! She's spotting them in the fields now when we drive around which is so funny and makes me giggle.

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  2. It's great that this book consolidated Book Bairn's understanding of her farm experience. I used to ask my daughter what sounds different animals made when I was driving, it was so cute hearing all these animal noises coming from the back seat :)

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    1. Absolutely Catherine! I often laugh out loud when I hear a horsey clip clopping in the back seat! x

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  3. I adore Axel's illustrations, just perfect for young children and I find noisy interactive books are a perfect way to get kids interested in reading. Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

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    1. His illustrations are fab! And you're so right about noisy books being engaging! x Thanks for the link-up x

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  4. I always thought these books were a total gimmick but we've got the noisy Gruffalo's Child and Room on the Broom and the kids LOVE them! As always a lovely post :) #readwithme

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    1. I know I thought so too! But I've also seen two sound books which are actual real-life bird calls. Quite fancy those. Saving my pennies! x

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  5. This is a great book. I always love Alex Scheffler's illustrations. And your video is adorable. #Readwithme

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    1. Thank you Suz! Love Axel's illustrations!

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  6. We've got the noisy version of What the Ladybird Heard and my little one loves it. Lovely blog post Bookbairn :)

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    1. I must get that! What the Ladybird Heard is one of BookBairn's absolute favourites but I didn't know that there was a noisy version! Thanks for letting me know x

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