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Over on the Farm

Welcome to the farm, where pigs roll, goats nibble, horses gallop, hens peick and turnkeys strut! Count, clap and sing along to the classic tune of "Over in the Meadow" while learning about life on a classic farm.

ILA Teachers’ Choices Reading List
2016 Family Choice Award (Gold)
Purple Dragonfly Book Award – Honorable Mention
2016 Foreward INDIES (Finalist)
2016 FAPA President’s Award Winner
Moonbeam Children’s Book Award (Bronze)


“Over on the Farm is the latest in Marianne Berkes’ wonderful collection of interactive books for children. The lively illustrations of farm animals will bring smiles to the faces of children and adults alike, and the rhythm, rhyme, counting, and movement opportunities lovingly crafted into Marianne’s prose ensure that young readers will be both engaged and delighted.”

— Rae Pica, author, What If Everybody Understood Child Development? (January 2016)

“Marianne Berkes knows early childhood! Her books take young children on adventures that connect music, language, counting, and movement … and this time she takes them on a lively trip to the farm! Children will be singing along with this simple melody while counting and acquiring new vocabulary. The activities provided in the back of the book create an interactive experience children will want to have again and again.”

— Emily Morgan, author of the Next Time You See children’s book series andPicture-Perfect Science Lessons (January 2016)

“Over On the Farm” is an old-fashioned joy to read to young children with multiple sensory educational game possibilities imbedded in its narrative context. A counting verse, with colorful illustrations of all the farm animal families, “Over On the Farm” is also a musical song which can be sung to the tune, “Over in the Meadow. “Over in the Farm” is an imaginative farm adaptation of “Over in the Meadow,” by Olive A. Wadsworth. Man different tasks, games, and activities are suggested at the end of the story, which counts the offspring of farm animals from a mother hen and baby chick (one), to a mother pig and her little piglets (ten). There is extra information about the animals included, seasons on the farm, and other suggestions for learning activities related to math, science, language arts, art, and from farm to table. There are also movement and music activities, and more resources and activities can be downloaded from, “Over On the Farm” is suitable for children age 4 and up, with potential for many hours of farm-related learning fun. The delightful colored illustrations hold a surprise rooster hidden or displayed in every number page, providing added visual interest for young readers.

— James Cox, Children’s Bookwatch (2016)

“Over on the Farm is the latest book by Marianne Berkes and it is a great addition to the “Over” series. I am thrilled to add this book to my school library and anxiously await reading this to children who are not very familiar with a farm. Spring is here, the traditional time for baby animals, and a visit to the farm is a perfect way to introduce a spring unit. Rich vocabulary with rhyming text is all that is needed to engage young readers as they learn about a slice of life that is not as visible as in the past. The illustrations are vivid, animals cavort across entire pages and children will imagine they are on a farm. Marianne excels on all levels, fun with math, music, science and she certainly makes learning fun. I recommend this engaging book to all “city” readers. It is full of fun, facts and farm animals.”

— Review, Barnes & (2016)

“OVER ON THE FARM by Marianne Berkes and illustrated by Cathy Morrison is another great Spring release from Dawn Publications. This cute picture book shows young readers about life on a farm. The prose can be sung to the tune of “Over in the Meadow,” so there is potential for even more family read-along fun!

OVER ON THE FARM is geared towards younger readers. There are suggestions in the back of the book for different finger or body movements for each farm animal’s action. In addition, there is a section on fact or fiction concerning baby animals as well as the different seasons on a farm. There are also much more detailed descriptions about the different farm animals for those children who want to learn more!

As a mom, I was especially excited to see the “More Fun on the Farm” section. This section of the book included fun enrichment ideas for math, language arts, science, music and art. There is also an activities site online with more suggestions. I loved these games/activities (some of which are aligned to Common Core and Next Generation Science standards) and certainly encourage teachers to check out this book.”

— Booking (2016)