There are fun movements and sounds on almost every page of this charming book. It’s great for this time of year, when many young children are visiting farms for pumpkin picking and hayrides.
The ride in “Bumpety Bump” is a wheelbarrow ride, given to a young boy by his grandfather (I also like it when grandparents appear in children’s stories.) As they travel around the farm, the wheelbarrow goes bumpety-bump. I have the children rock side to side and repeat, ‘bumpety-bump, bumpety-bump.”
The boy picks a variety of vegetables and fruit, including potatoes, carrots, beans, and strawberries. All the while they’re followed by a hen. I have younger children make the hen’s clucking sound; older children sing the refrain from “Old MacDonald,” “with a buck-buck here and a buck-buck there, here a buck, there a buck, everywhere a buck-buck.”
Young children respond eagerly to this story and always want to talk about their favorite (or UNfavorite) vegetables!