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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite
Barnyard Chatter is a bright and informative children’s book written by Florence D Blanding. The story opens in a typical barnyard setting when the animals are waking up. Each animal shares a sound, and a fact is noted about the role they play on the farm or an interesting tidbit about them. An illustration accompanies every animal, and the story ends at night when an owl takes flight over the farm.
I was impressed by the lovely dedication from the author that promotes literacy in young children. Barnyard Chatter is written in rhyme and contains useful information. The verses mimic the sounds of barnyard animals and details their functions on the farm in a conversational way. Bright illustrations pop from the pages of the book and will catch the eye of any child reader. Facts are gently woven into the material, teaching children about animals in a fun and interactive way. I was surprised by the inclusion of diurnal as well as nocturnal animals as the story showcases an entire cycle on the farm. I liked the section that included the particular names of a male, female, and baby sheep. Reading the book aloud adds another layer of fun. I read the book to my two- and five-year-olds, and they enjoyed it. They were especially excited when I turned each page, as they could announce the next featured animal’s sound. I recommend Florence D Blanding’s book to parents, librarians, teachers, and caregivers who seek to encourage children to interact with literature.