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Everyone is very aware of the flu concerns that are swirling through the media these days. I found this cute little book that might help ease anxiety regarding the dreaded flu shots. It may calm some fears if the actual event itself should come and invade your home for a while. Hopefully this book will impart useful information to your child and create soothing conversations regarding the flu protocol in your own home. This is a humorous, silly rhyming story of mounting chaos. A mother leaves her son in charge of the farm one day and many animals come down with the flu. Caring for the sick creatures in the manner that he knows his mother would care for him, the book’s refrain is:” But I knew what my mom would do/if it were me who had the flu.” This gives lots of opportunity to discuss what your mom does for you when you have the flu and how your own personal household will handle the dilemma. The boy puts the cow in bed; complete with tissues and alfalfa tea and he pops the piglets into the tub to give them a belly rub. He even makes popcorn for the sick donkey to ease his pain and suffering.
The pictures are expressive and very hilarious. They truly make the text come alive. The boy discovers that pampering has its limits and he is being taken advantage of so he removes all the toys and the TV, just as his mother would do, resulting in instant wellness and healing in the animals. After all his nurturing and effort the boy himself comes down with the flu and well…read it to see what transpires. It is a great, fun read aloud. Seeing the turkey work the remote control and the chickens sipping juice boxes will bring lots of smiles and giggles to your family. I would recommend you get a copy and add it to your collection.
I teach preschool and I love to read this story in February, by which time most of the children have been sick with colds or flu and can relate to the poor farm animals who start sniffling and sneezing! We all pretend to sneeze when the animals do - four-year-olds love to pretend to sneeze, the louder, the better! It's very cute at the end, when the animals, now recovered, care for the boy when he gets sick. Another thing I like about this book is that it always leads to good conversations - children love to talk about when they were sick - and it's a natural way to lead into talking about washing your hands often - to avoid getting sick like the animals in "Farm Flu"!
Reviewed in the United States on November 27, 2014
we got this book in our local library and now i want to buy it for our personal use. I highly recommend this book. the story is awesome the pictures is hilarious! my 5 years old daughter just loves the cow !