In the old days it was Old MacDonald who had a farm and on this farm hehad a cow, duck, and all sorts of other animals, each of which made aparticular sound that can be imitated. But then along game Mr. Brown, acreation of Dr. Seuss, who makes Old MacDonald look like the strong silenttype. That is because as we learn in "Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?: Dr.Seuss's Book of Wonderful Noises," Mr. Brown can do more than "moo" like acow, "buzz" like a bee, and go "hoo hoo hoo hoo" like an owl. Mr. Browncan go "pop" like a cork, "eek eek" like a squeaky shoe, and even make thesound of a hippopotamus chewing gum.
I think one of the reasons this is a popular book with beginning readersis not only because kids enjoy making all these noises, but also becauseparents and other adults get to embarrass themselves in making the soundson these pages come alive (or a reasonable facsimile thereof). Trying tomake the sound of the rain or a big cat drinking is not too hard, butdoing a very hard noise to make like the sound of lighting (which is a"splatt" apparently) or a noise like a goldfish kiss ("pip") might bepushing the envelope too much.
Of course, you can make up any sound you want when you are reading this tovery young children. But you have to keep in mind that the whole point ofthese Bright and Early Books for Beginning Beginners is to inspire them toread on their own one day, which means you can look forward to beingconfronted by an indignant young child demanding to know how the noise youmade every time you read them the book has anything to do with what ishighlighted on these pages. So be forewarned, that sooner or later youare going to be embarrassed reading this book.