The Farmer in the Dell Sung by the Topp Twins
Published by Scholastic New Zealand Limited
With its catchy lyrics, rib tickling illustrations and upbeat hootenanny soundtrack (performed by the Topp Twins on an accompanying CD), this picture book version of the traditional song, “The Farmer in the Dell”, is the perfect fusion of text, image and sound. Colourfully designed to appeal to an early childhood audience, its text includes lots of repetition and a high spirited chorus, just the right ingredients for a join in read-along and/or sing-along.
From illustrator, Jenny Cooper’s banjo playing hound dog featured on the cover, through the entire parade of farm animals and assorted country folk who dance through its pages, “The Farmer in the Dell”, is an attention grabber that exudes energy and joy.
This reviewer thinks, “The Farmer in the Dell”, will quickly become a favourite among youngsters who love interacting with their books.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Performed by Topp Twins
Illustration: Jenny Cooper
Title: The Farmer in the Dell
Publisher: Scholastic New Zealand Limited
Published: December 2014