Ms. MacDonald Has a Class by Jan Ormerod

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Ms MacDonald has a class which she takes to the farm. The children start to wonder what life would be like as a chicken, or a lamb, or even a cabbage! With a skip trip here and a snip snip there, the children learn to look and sound very different and put on the performance of a lifetime.
 

About Jan Ormerod

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Jan Ormerod was born in Australia on September 23, 1946. She attended art school and studied drawing, painting and sculpture. After completing her degree, she become an Associate of the Western Australian Institute of Technology and Design in Art Education, taught in secondary schools on enrichment programs for talented students, and lectured in a teacher's college and in art schools. Her first picture book, Sunshine, was published in 1981, won the Mother Goose Award, and was voted Australian Picture Book of the Year. She wrote and illustrated more than 50 books in her lifetime including Miss Mouse's Day, Lizzie Nonsense, Rhymes around the Day, Father Christmas and the Donkey, Ben Goes Swimming, Emily Dances, A Twist in the Tail, and Ponko and the South Pole. She also illustrated Sky Dancer by Jack Bushnell. She died after a long illness on January 23, 2013 at the age of 67.
 
Published January 1, 1996 by BODLEY HEAD CHILDRENS BOOKS. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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MacDonald, fashionable in ankle boots and hoop earrings, takes her class of two dozen appealingly diverse children ``down to the farm, E-I-E-I-O.'' Back in the classroom they parade around imitating the farm animals, improvising costumes, and painting scenery, then tidy up and take a nap.

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This contrast loses its subtlety when the curtain finally goes up on the glorious pageant: a turn of the page reveals a panoply of brilliant hues as the kids, costumed as everything from cows to cabbages, spiritedly strut their stuff, alongside lyrics more true to the original song (""An oink oin...

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"This buoyant book gives the toe-tapping refrain of 'Old MacDonald Had a Farm' a bustling classroom setting and inventive, mildly tongue-twisting lyrics," wrote PW.

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