PICTURE BOOK REVIEW: Miss MacDonald Has a Farm by Kale Gwarjanski & Elizabet Vukovic



In this female-forward spin on the traditional children's song "Old MacDonald", readers can join Miss MacDonald on her vegetable farm and see all the work that goes into growing healthy and delicious produce."Miss MacDonald has a farm,She loves things that grow!"E-I-E-I-GROW! With a "weed-weed" here and a "pick-pick" there, young readers can follow Miss MacDonald as she tends to her vegetable farm. It's a rollicking, rhyming read-aloud that ends in a community feast and celebrates themes of healthy eating, plant-based meals, local produce, gardening, seasons, and female farmers.


KALEE GWARJANSKI is a homeschooling mom to four book-loving children living in the woods of Maine. She holds a BS in mechanical engineering and an MS in teaching from the University of Maine. Between degrees, she followed her passion of food by attending Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in Ottawa, Ontario and worked as a personal chef before turning to picture book writing full time. Miss MacDonald Has a Farm is her debut picture book. Learn more about Kalee at kaleegwarjanski.com and follow her on Twitter at @KaleeGwar.

ELIZABET VUKOVIĆ is an illustrator from Rotterdam, the Netherlands with a degree from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She is the illustrator of a number of picture books, including An Ordinary Day (Beach Lane/S&S, 2020), which received two starred reviews. See more of her work online at elizabetvukovic.com and follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @elizabetvukovic.


This take on "Old MacDonald has a farm" presents readers with a charming rhyming text that introduces a variety of different plants. The catchy phrases such as "With a weed-weed here and a pluck-pull there, here it's red, there it's ripe, everywhere it's ripe-ripe" make for a fun read aloud. The book could easily be chanted or sung with the music from the original. In addition to all the fun from the song, the book introduces young readers to different plants, how they grow, and how they are cared for and harvested. A fun book to use in farming or agriculture units. The illustrations are fun and bright, showcasing the main character, a woman, and the plants she's growing and harvesting. The book ends with Miss MacDonald and her friends/family enjoying a fabulous meal.



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