Miss MacDonald Has a Farm

by Kalee Gwarjanski (Author) Elizabet Vukovic (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
In this female-forward spin on the traditional children's song "Old MacDonald," readers can join Miss MacDonald on her vegetable farm and see all the work that goes into growing healthy and delicious produce. 

"Miss MacDonald has a farm,
She loves things that grow!"


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Kirkus Reviews

Move over, Old MacDonald: The hardworking Miss MacDonald has a green thumb and plenty of plants.

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2--This is a jaunty tribute, modeled on the original song about Old MacDonald, to the hard work and satisfaction of growing food. However, this MacDonald is young, female, and a farmer of color. "With a seed-seed here/ and a sow-throw there, / here it shoots, / there it sprouts, / everywhere it sprout-sprouts," Miss MacDonald loves what she does as she plants, waters, weeds, picks, prunes, shucks, and washes her produce and then cooks it all up into a feast for her friends. The text scans well with language that will be fun to read out loud or sing. It will, however, be too complex for a sing-along. This book is not a detailed primer on how food grows, so much as an appreciation of the great variety of edible plant life and the care it requires. Cheerfully colored cartoon-style illustrations have elements of block printing and pack in a lot of action without overwhelming viewers. VERDICT A playful introduction for plant and seed units, this has classroom uses as well as story hour possibilities, especially when paired with the classic song.--Jan Aldrich Solow

Copyright 2024 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Kalee Gwarjanski
KALEE GWARJANSKI is a homeschooling mom to four book-loving children living in the woods of Maine. She holds a BS in mechanical engineering and an MS in teaching from the University of Maine. Between degrees, she followed her passion of food by attending Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in Ottawa, Ontario and worked as a personal chef before turning to picture book writing full time. Miss MacDonald Has a Farm is her debut picture book. Learn more about Kalee at kaleegwarjanski.com and follow her on Twitter at @KaleeGwar.

ELIZABET VUKOVIĆ is an illustrator from Rotterdam, the Netherlands with a degree from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She is the illustrator of a number of picture books, including An Ordinary Day (Beach Lane/S&S, 2020), which received two starred reviews. She also enjoys printmaking, bookbinding, and decorative arts. See more of her work online at elizabetvukovic.com and follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @elizabetvukovic.
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Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Publication date
March 12, 2024
BISAC categories
JUV025000 - Juvenile Fiction | Lifestyles | Farm Life & Ranch Life
JUV014000 - Juvenile Fiction | Girls & Women
JUV050000 - Juvenile Fiction | Cooking & Food
Library of Congress categories
Picture books

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