Quattlebaum and Bryant continue their nature-themed sing-along books with one focused on the sounds of the forest animals. Jo MacDonald and her grandfather head out for a hike in the woods, the familiar childhood song inspiring the pair to describe the animal sounds they hear: the rat-tat of a woodpecker, the err-err of a squirrel, the gobble-gobble of a turkey and more. The hoo-hoo of an owl ends the day, Jo in her grandfather’s arms. . . . Bryant’s watercolors are sweetly lovely, not only capturing the relationship between the girl and her grandfather (though their faces could be more expressive), but also simplifying the nature scenes in order to highlight the important parts of the ecosystem and to allow young children to easily spot the featured animal and the squirrel that appears in each spread. Backmatter includes extensive information about trees; a paragraph of information about each of the animals, plants and trees in the illustrations; a section on how to emulate Jo, a naturalist; and a list of questions.
— Kirkus Reviews (July 31, 2013)
In this third Jo MacDonald book, eco-friendly partners Quattlebaum and Bryant encourage a sing-along for this woodlands exploration. Secretly followed by a squirrel, Old MacDonald and his granddaughter sight a woodpecker, turkey, chipmunk, snake, turtle, skunk, moth, and owl before heading home. Bryant’s watercolors balance whimsy with studied detail. Closing pages provide a paragraph of facts on each creature, in addition to eight flora from the preceding pictures. There are also suggested extension activities and details about trees in general. Quattlebaum’s varied animal sounds entertain and Bryant’s softly hued spreads keep the hike merry.
— School Library Journal (June 1, 2013)
Intended for young people ages 3-8, Jo MacDonald Hiked in the Woods offers a fresh, environmentally conscious take on the classic children’s song. The singsong verse follows grandfather MacDonald and his granddaughter Jo as they hike through the forest, observe plants and animals, and enjoy the beauty of nature. “And in those woods she heard an owl, /E-I-E-I-O./ With a hoo-hoo here / And a hoo-hoo there, /Here a hoo, there a hoo, / Everywhere a hoo-hoo.” The final few pages are filled with fun facts about the plants and animals (such as the great horned owls) shown in the book, suggested indoor activities for more learning, and tips on “how to be a naturalist like Jo”, such as how to be a safe and courteous hiker. “Do not approach or stalk a wild creature; if you discover one that is hurt or sick, tell a ranger or other adult.” Jo MacDonald Hiked in the Woods is a special treat for parents to read aloud to their children when teaching them about the wonders of the great outdoors!
— Midwest Book Review (September 2013)
Young Jo MacDonald hikes through the trees with her grandfather Old MacDonald. Each double-page spread includes a rhyming verse introducing a new woodland animal, an associated sound, and the familiar refrain “E – I -E – I – O.” The appealing illustrations have clean lines and watercolor washes in soft, harmonious tones. Apparently aimed at adults and older children, an appended section suggests related activities and offers information on specific plants and the nine featured animals (woodpecker, gray squirrel, wild turkey, shipmunk, rat snake, box turtle, skunk, moth, and great horned owl). The third Jo MacDonald book offers a sing-along opportunity and glimpses of forest life.
— ALA Booklist (August 9, 2013)
This is another delightful addition to the Jo MacDonald series by Mary Quattlebaum. Jo is actually the granddaughter of “Old MacDonald,” and together she and her grandpa hike in the woods surrounding his farm. Kids can sing along to the familiar “E-I-E-I-O” song but with new lyrics reflecting the nine animals they see or hear in the woods, such as a woodpecker, squirrel, turkey, and even a skunk! At the end of the book, parents and kids can learn more about not only the forest animals, but many of the plants and trees, too. Forest-themed indoor activities, more information about trees, and tips on being a naturalist are included.
— Susan Heim, Chicken Soup for the Soul Editor (August 26, 2013)
This delightful picture book uses a favorite children’s song to accompany a little girl and her grandfather on a hike through the woods. Each time they come upon a new animal, the song’s repetitive E-I-E-I-O ends with a fun twist related to the animal. For instance, the chipmunk ends the verse with chomp, chomp.
The active verbs in the story are related to different actions or sounds that people and animals can make, for example, walk, pad or shuffle, shuffle. A fun reading activity would be to have students “hike” around the classroom changing their steps to match their new vocabulary words.
Many literacy skills can be strengthened and practiced with this story. Rhyming words, sequencing, rhythm and reading for details are just a few. The illustrations are correct so students will learn about the animal habitats and habits from the picture clues. In-depth information about each of the animals can be found in the end notes and read aloud with explanations for the younger students.
Second grade readers will greatly enjoy reading this book on their own. Young readers will enjoy hearing it read aloud over and over as they sing the song along with you. Reading games will be fun to create using the information Mary included in the back of the book. There are nine animals included in the books and three of them are nocturnal. There is a great opportunity here for cross curricular activities and to meet the core curriculum science and nature requirements.
The information in the back, meant for grown-ups, provide activities related to science, being a naturalist, and being a courteous hiker. This is the third in a series of books about Jo MacDonald. Her first two adventures included: Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond and Jo MacDonald Had a Garden.
Extras: End pages provide multiple activities, more are available for downloading at dawnpub.com
— Grade Reading – Sue Poduska (September 26, 2013)
Dawn Publications is my go-to resource for nature books and they have a great new fall line-up. My preschooler is quite the fan. What if Old MacDonald had a young granddaughter named Jo and they decided to go walking in the woods? Well, I imagine this book covers that scenario very nicely complete with a new version of the well known rhyme and introduction to the woodland habitat! My older daughter is quite the music fan and loves wordplay so this book was really enjoyable and she loved singing with me. She loved the snake and squirrel noises the most. We also got to talk about things like the meaning of nocturnal animals. As always, Dawn Publications put some great educational material at the end including fun activities for us to do and information about the forest community ecosystem. Wonderful touch!
— Mamma’s Bacon – Jeanna Bellville (September 2013)
Jo MacDonald Hike in the Woods by Mary Quattlebaum is another fabulous book about all the great things you will see on a nature hike. Since we love walking and hiking, my kids really had fun relating with this book and learning a few new things that they are going to be looking for on our next hike. In fact, my son wants to take this book on our next hike, so he can point everything out in the book that we find. What a great idea!
— Your World Natural Blogspot (August 15, 2013)
If you were to take a walk through the woods, what kinds of animals and plants do you think that you might see? Jo MacDonald is the granddaughter of “Old MacDonald” who had a farm. Remember him? Well, his farm also has a woods on it, so one day Jo and her grandfather take a hike. They see and hear various kinds of animals, such as a woodpecker that goes “rat-tat,” a squirrel that goes “err-err,” a snake that goes slither-slither, and a moth that goes flutter-flutter, among others. When they see a skunk, what does it do? And what should they do?
Like author Mary Quattlebaum’s two previous books in this series, Jo MacDonald Had a Garden and Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond, Jo MacDonald Hiked in the Woods playfully uses the familiar children’s melody “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” to introduce children to the woodland habitat with its animals and plants, as depicted by illustrator Laura J. Bryant’s colorful drawings. The back of the book has further information on the animals and plants of the forest community, suggested indoor activities, more about trees, and how to be a naturalist like Jo. And there are additional downloadable resources at the publisher’s website. Can you guess what animal would give a “hoo-hoo” here and a “hoo-hoo” there?
— Home School Book Review – Wayne S. Walker (August 10, 2013)
With a sense of wonder and that old familiar song as a backdrop, Mary Quattlebaum explores the sounds of the forest and the creatures that make them. What a charming invitation to hit the trail and take to the woods with eyes—and ears—wide open!
— Todd Christopher, author, The Green Hour: A Daily Dose of Nature for Happier, Healthier, Smarter Kids (June 2013)
This colorful book helps kids to discover that being outside can be fun and exciting. These days, when many children are suffering from ‘nature deficit disorder,’ a book like this encourages kids to get outdoors and experience nature. Such adventures can provide the basis for a healthy, active lifestyle for the whole family.
— Gregory Miller, President, American Hiking Society (June 2013)