Michigan Reads! 2004

  • Barnyard Song by Rhonda Gowler Greene
    Barnyard Song book cover When a bad case of flu strikes the farm, the familiar chorus of the barnyard is interrupted. Suddenly, there's "No buzz. No mew. No cock-a-doodle-doo." The farmer saves the day when he cooks up kettles of savory soup and feeds it to each of the animals. Robert Bender's artwork blends bright and shaded colors with thick, dark outlines to create the colorful barnyard chorus of animals. Children will love identifying each animal and practicing all the sounds the animals make.

    Cover illustration copyright 1997 by Robert Bender from BARNYARD SONG by Rhonda Growler Greene. Used with permission of Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing.

    The 2004 program was the first year of the Michigan Reads program and it did not include a programming guide at that point. There are activities based on the book listed below. You can also find the book at most public libraries and get suggestions for more activities to do with the book from your local public library staff.

    You can find more information about Rhonda and her books at Rhonda's web site.