How many quacks till Christmas? by Mark Sperring

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Ill. by Ed Eaves. Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781408871089
(Age: 2-5) Themes: Farm animals, Christmas. There is an air of excitement at Merry Farm; garlands of wheat, shiny baubles and strings of colourful lights decorate the farmyard. The excited farm animals are wearing Christmas scarves, Santa hats and bright red and green collars, all anticipating the coming holiday. Each of the young creatures question their parents with oinks, moos, neighs and cheeps. They want to know how many days until Christmas. The little piglets squeal with glee and question their mamma splashing in a muddy puddle, 'how many oinks till Christmas?' We follow the black and white puppy as he races around the farm yard, skipping with the lambs, then riding on the Christmas tree cart pulled by the mare as her foals ask 'how many neighs till Christmas?' Merry Farm is a buzz of holiday preparation, from the barn, to the fields to the barnyard.
Mark Sperring's cheery rhyme is fun to share with a preschool or kindergarten class and just right to share as a family. Children can respond and guess the animal sounds, the rhyming words and the animal actions. Illustrator Ed Eaves brings Merry Farm to life with bold colours and familiar farm animals preparing for Christmas in a bright snowy setting. This exciting story provides an amusing and engaging countdown to Christmas.
Rhyllis Bignell