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Big Red Barn

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  8,310 ratings  ·  203 reviews
Margaret Wise Brown's classic barnyard story is now available in this sturdy board book edition. A lulling text and exquisite illustrations follow the animals' day on the farm as they make their noises, play in the grass, and return to the big red barn to fall sound asleep.
Board Book, 32 pages
Published January 6th 1995 by HarperFestival (first published 1956)
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We got a themed box of books from the library about Farms and this was one of the books. Nothing out of the ordinary, except maybe the pretty illustrations. I loved the picture of the tiny pink pig. My preschoolers liked it and enjoyed the pictures, pointing out various things as I read, and so it was still worth reading. No real learning value except that it's a book. It might be considered a level 1 reading book, but it's debatable on whether or not it has enough words to warrant that.
Another book has migrated downstairs for my review. Before I wrote this review, I had to do a little research on the author. I vaguely remembered that she had no children and died young -- I was right: she never married, had no children and died of a post-surgery blood clot in 1952 at the age of 42. Yet her work lives on in a big way. Why?

Big Red Barn, like Goodnight Moon, reads like a lullaby. It is about impossible to not lull your voice when reading it. Its phrases end with a gentle rhyme, no
Shanna Gonzalez
Big Red Barn is one of those baby books that provokes either charm or annoyance in adult readers, and delight in young listeners. It is marked by Brown's soothingly rhythmic, repetitive text, sprinkled with farmyard animal noises that toddlers will love to imitate. The story opens with "a pink pig/ who was learning to squeal" greeting the sunrise. Other farm animals go about their activities throughout the day, and (just as in Goodnight Moon) the pictures become progressively darker as night fal ...more
"Big Red Barn" by Margaret Wise Brown was a really good book, and my daughter enjoyed it immensely. As a parent, I take great joy when I see my daughter really enjoying what I read and recognizing the pictures that she sees on the page. She was able to identify all the animals, and even wanted to know "Where they mama at?"
The author did a really good job of displaying a lot of colors in this book too. I think that really helps children as they are learning to read because all the bright colors c
Romanus Elangwe
"Big Red Barn"

Author: Margaret wise Brown (1910-1952)


Margaret Wise Brown was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1910. Aprolific American writer of children's book. She graduated from Hollins University, Roanake, Virginia in 1932 with a B.A. degree in English. She worked as a teacher and studied art. Her first book "When the Wind Blew," was published in 1937.

Book Overview:

The book attempts to show the life of animals in the barn. It describes the barn as big and red. The location of
Jason Wiseman
If you can get past the racy scene with the Scarecrow and his "ho," this is a pretty solid story of some animals doing their thing on a farm. While there is no central hero for whom to root, the overall character development is pretty solid. I truly enjoyed counting all of the eggs. SPOILER ALERT: There are 10 in total.
Meagan Harris
I bought this book based on the good reviews, but the first time I read through it I thought to myself, "No way my kid is going to like this. Too long, too many words; he'll think it's boring." I was surprised when he seemed to enjoy it the first time we read it together. Then he sat still again and enjoyed it the second, at 18 months old, this is the only book that he will sit still for. I don't know if it's the animal sounds or pictures, or the gentle cadence of the verses, or the f ...more
Abby Welker
Jul 10, 2009 Abby Welker added it
Shelves: kids-faves
totally, totally, a fave
Miranda Jones
I thought that this book was adorable for young readers. The playful language and rhyming makes it very appealing for the intended audience of young children. The rhyming teaches phonemic awareness, which helps prepare students to become better readers. The beautiful illustrations also provide useful depictions of what the text says, so it makes this book easier for beginner readers to follow along with the pictures. I personally loved the adorable pictures of the baby farm animals. I've always ...more
Big Red Barn, written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Felicia Bond, is about life on farm as kids see it. There's lots of animals, hay, corn fields and barns. This realistic fiction story tells about all of the animals and what they do all day. This book is for children just learning to read. It's very short with few words to help children as they begin to read. The pictures are very much in line with the text and easy to understand for these young readers. The story incorporates some ...more
My toddler's all-time favorite book. It's a sweet portrait of a pastoral farm that takes you to meet the animals and back to meet them again in different contexts, told in lovely irregular rhyming verse (à la Goodnight Moon). With a simple vocabulary and virtually no "story," it's easy for her to grasp what's going on in a way she can't with many of her books. There are plenty of pictures of familiar animals she can name and make the sounds of, and the quiet rhythm of it and the fact that it end ...more
Taylor Brady
This is a simple rhythmic book about a Farm. In the book it not only identifies the different types of animals that live on a farm but also the sounds they make. There are also several opportunities for counting throughout. This book is in my Farmer's Market Unit because it gives the children a background of the different types of animals one would see when visiting a farm
Grayson and I really like this book. I think it is a classic but it was a first for us both. The drawings were great and I liked the noises, so did Grayson! ;) And how it took us through the day at the farm into evening! That was a great perspective. My favorite page is the visual picture of the moon "sailing" in the sky! :) I LOVE picture puns.
I know this is a classic...but thought that it was just okay. I was unsure about the cadence of the words the whole time. It seemed like it was supposed to rhyme, but it didn't always. I don't know. It was good for getting my toddler to think about animal noises, I guess. But I think there are probably farm books that she would like better.
I would recommend this book for ages 2-6. This picture book is about a big red barn in a great green field. There are horses, goats, and geese. They all live together b the big red ban. The text is in a rhyming format about the cycles of a day on a farm. I would use this in a classroom and talk about farming and the animals on the farm.
Nov 29, 2012 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with younger children
Shelves: 2012, childrens, rhyming, pets
This is a short, entertaining book featuring farm animals. The narrative is simple and repetitive and the illustrations by Felicia Bond are colorful and cartoonish, so this book is perfect for younger children.

I never knew that she had collaborated with Margaret Wise Brown, and while this book could never take the place of Goodnight Moon or The Runaway Bunny in my heart, it was fun to read.
Meg McGregor
A wonderful book to introduce farm animals to your littlest ones.

Also, this soothing book is a great one to use at bedtime or naptime.

I especially enjoyed the illustrations.

This was written by the author who wrote Goodnight Moon and I enjoyed reading another book written by her.
I must have read this thousands of times to my kids, until I had it memorized it and didn't need to look at the words. They all loved it. Margaret Wise Brown and Felicia Bond are favorites of mine, put them together and for me, it is magic. This is a great before bed book for little ones.
Lora Carroll
A beautiful little board book, this story introduces young children to life on the farm. It has lovely illustrations.

Publisher's Overview:

In joyous and exuberant pictures, Felicia Bond lovingly evokes Margaret Wise Brown's simple, rhythmic text about the cycle of a day on a farm, where a family of animals peacefully plays and sleeps.

In the barnyard there are roosters and cows, horses and goats, and a pink piglet who is learning to squeal. Margaret Wise Brown's lulling story about a day in the li
Rita Date
Big Red Barn is all about life on a farm. It introduces many different farm animals that might live in a barn. This book is great to read to young children because some of the students might relate to living on the farm. The teacher of the class could read this book then read a book that relates to the city. The students could compare the two environments as a class and make a chart on how they compare and differ from one another. I liked this book because I grew up with some of these animals so ...more
Cute. Adorable illustrations. I think kids would enjoy the book. The text isn't fabulous and there's not much of a story to follow. But for a toddler age group I think that would be just fine. Could use it in my movement storytime, too.
In the Big Red Barn farm animals have the run of the barn this day. The children are gone, so they are free to mingle on the farm until it is time to sleep. The exception is the lonely field mouse that was born in the corn field. The story reminds me of a community. All of the farm animals, with the exception of the mouse, are going about their business doing whatever it is they do, with one exception. The mouse is left all alone, and doesn’t have the connection with the others. One feels kind o ...more
Tiffany Clarke
Apr 27, 2015 Tiffany Clarke added it
Shelves: k-2
Reading Level
Grade level Equivalent: 1.9
Lexile Measure: AD640L
DRA: 14
Guided Reading: H
Type of Book: Easy Concept Book
Poetry and Rhymes
Farm and Ranch Life

The full page color illustrations are beautiful and fun. The story is made up of adorable rhymes. My son enjoyed identifying and counting the animals. Since we both enjoyed it, 5 stars.
I liked the fun rhymes and the illustrations. I will probably skip the first few pages, because I don't think the kids will know what a weathervane is.
Caroline Overton
A classic. Great rhyme that kids love and sets them right off into sweet dreams. One you'll keep for years to come.
Chelsie Gransee
My 1 year old nephew loves this book! It drives me crazy though. Such odd word choices.
Another favorite. Perfect for bedtime. Look for the mouse and the butterfly on each page.
Gearing up for our "Farm-tastic" story time we corralled two copies of the picture book format of this classic. (It's been a favorite since 1956!) We have the luxury of performing teams for our library presentations. One performer read one page spread and the other performer read the next, trading off to the end of the book and then reciting the last page in unison. This adds variety and keeps the energy going. It also helps the children enjoy the pictures as they can choose the book nearest the ...more
i liked: memorizing it.
she liked: reading it again (and again)!
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Margaret Wise Brown wrote hundreds of books and stories during her life, but she is best known for Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Even though she died nearly 60 years ago, her books still sell very well.

Margaret loved animals. Most of her books have animals as characters in the story. She liked to write books that had a rhythm to them. Sometimes she would put a hard word into the story or p
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