An old English cumulative rhyme about caring for favorite farm animals with verses that prompt readers to think about the sound each animal makes.
The farm animal characters appear in their natural fur and feathers, crunching apples, pecking for bugs and eating hay. The line-up is the traditional one with the addition of a grandmother for the final stanza to feed the boy and bring closure to the tale.
The cartoon illustrations are bright and cheerful, with each new animal being individually introduced on a double-page spread, then joining the other animals under "yonder tree'' in the succeeding double-page layout.
The infectious rhythm and repetitions may have the most reluctant presenters and readers singing instead of just saying the words!