Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond
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Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond (Jo MacDonald)

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Blurp. Croak. Quack. What is making those sounds? Come along with Jo MacDonald and learn about the wild creatures at the pond on her grandfather's farm. You'll find fish, frogs, ducks - and a few surprises. This delightful riff on "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" playfully introduces youngsters to the concept of ecosystems. Author Mary Quattlebaum engages little ones with rhythm

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Dawn Publications
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Apr 05, 2014 Gundula rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young children interested in ecology
An adaptation of the song Old Macdonald had a Farm, Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond features Jo MacDonald (who appears to be the granddaughter of Old MacDonald) describing what she sees and hears at and near the pond on her grandfather's farm (reeds, fish, birds, deer, raccoons and the like, all making their characteristic, distinctive sounds). This delightful picture book is a fun and engaging introduction to ecology, to a pond habitat for very young children (who will probably love the song, especiall...more
Wayne S.
Did you know that Old MacDonald, who “had a farm,” also had a granddaughter? When Jo MacDonald visits her grandfather’s farm, she sees a pond, “E-I-E-I-O.” What does she find there? She hears cattail reeds swishing, bluegill fish blurping, a bullfrog croaking, mallard ducks quacking, a red-winged blackbird screeing, a raccoon chatting, a white-tailed deer flicking its tail, and a green darner dragonfly whirring. Can you guess what one of the fish might try to do when it sees the dragonfly?

The c...more
Reminiscent of the classic nursery rhyme Old MacDonald Had a Farm, children will find it difficult not to join in song as Jo MacDonald explores the pond looking and listening for the creatures who may inhabit the area. Carrying with her a sketchbook, Jo climbs big rocks and sits near the water to get a closer look at the fish and frogs, birds and raccoons, and other pond wildlife. In that journal her drawings are paired up with the sounds she heard and she shares her findings with her dad, Old M...more
My five-year-old son picked this book out from the library this week.

This book is a cute twist on the "Old MacDonald" song, and the illustrations are delightful, although I would have left off the black and white drawing that looks like a coloring page sheet -- SUCH a bad idea for a library picture book.

Actual rating: 3.5 stars, but I round up.

Jessica Bingham
I am using this book for our "Creek Week Storytime." It is a great story for younger kids. You can sing along with Jo MacDonald as she sees all the things that live at the pond.
Wooden Horse
This one gets a "bonus star" because my Grandmother's sister and I sang it aloud today to her three year old grandson. The little guy loves stories that are song and was able to see the illustrative foreshadowing on each page which helped his Grandmother on the other side of the room know what was coming next in the song. I especially liked getting to see Jo MacDonald's sketch book at the end. I'll probably bring this one out periodically so that one day when we visit a pond my cousin will remem...more
The Library Lady
I was liking this as a nice song variation on the classic until the last few pages, where apparently it turns out Jo saw all that stuff that day but is now showing it to her father in her sketchbook. It's a confusing ending. AND the final rhyme is one of the limpest Mary Quattlebaum has ever managed to perpetrate.

I'd also like to complain about the "matching game", done in black and white at the end of the book, which is going to shout "color me!" to any toddler with crayons and an inattentive p...more
Really enjoyed this simple take on Old MacDonald. Good fresh noises (blurp, scree) along with familiar ones (croak, quack), clean and clear illustrations with lots ot look at. Best of all, I love that Jo is drawing and writing about everything she sees--and because she does, even when all the animals scamper she can still share her visit to the pond with her grandfather. Great modeling of writing!
Whitney Rachel
I wanted to like this book, I really did. Quattlebaum lost me with the raccoon.
What a wonderful book (anything with a frog is alright with me). This nice thing about this book is it is teaching the youngster about nature and what can be found on the farm. The ecosystem message is easy to understand and can be understood my many age ranges. The rhythmiing is great and makes the book fun to read aloud.
Meg McGregor
A delightful extension of the familiar children's song, this book introduces us to Jo MacDonald - the Old Man's niece. And she introduces your little ones to a new ecosystem - the pond.

Read with Jo as she sees fish, frogs, ducks, birds, racoons, deer, dragonflies, and the plants that live along the pond!
Sweet, except why is she seeing raccoons in the middle of the day at the pond? All I could think was rabies. A rewrite of Old Macdonald with the familiar sing song but in a new setting. Could work for storytime and I am always a fan of a child-in-nature book, especially a drawing one.
Read  Ribbet
Another some parody book which could easily be added to early reading collections as Old MaDonald takes on items near the pond.
I can't wait to read/sing this one at a storytime...very cute way to put "Old MacDonald" into story form...
Such a fun read aloud/sing along of the classic Old MacDonald. Kids will love it.
If your kids are studying ponds and/or ecosystems, this works.
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