The Little Woman Wanted Noise by Val Teal

Publisher: The New York Review Children’s Collection

Publication Date: Re-Release September 24, 2013

Recommended Grades: Pre-K-2

The big city brings about plenty of noise and the little woman loves it!  However, when she is left a farm in the country by her cousin who has moved to Australia, the little woman has no peace of mind because it is just too quiet.  So she begins to fill her farm with many noisy farm animals.  However, even this doesn’t make the woman happy.  It isn’t until a trip into the city, where she happens to find that one special thing, that makes her farm feel like home.


The Little Woman Wanted Noise will make a great read-aloud for primary age children, who will love the animal sounds in the book.  Illustrated by Robert Lawson, the award winning illustrator of The Story of Ferdinand and Mr. Popper’s Penguins, the illustrations are especially charming and provide details children will enjoy pointing out.  The story lends itself nicely to a discussion of story elements, in particular helping children determine the beginning, middle, and end of the story.  This story has withstood the test of time and children today will enjoy it just as much as children in the 1940’s, when it was first published.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher.

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