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April Foolishness

April Foolishness

by Teresa Bateman Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

It's a spring morning on the farm. Grandma is happy the grandkids are visiting — they've picked just the right day! — and Grandpa is fixing breakfast.

A comical farm story celebrates April Fool's Day with a visit to grandpa's farm. The kids keep telling Grandpa that the cows, chickens, goats, and sheep are running amuck, but grandpa, thinking himself wise to the children's tricks, ignores their warnings.

Suddenly his grandson reports that the cows have got loose! He thinks Big Brown Bessie just stepped on a goose! "Good gracious," Grandpa says as he pours himself a glass of milk. When his granddaughter shouts the chickens are out, Grandpa cooks up some eggs. Pigs broke the gate? Grandpa fries bacon. Why is Grandpa so cool? Because he knows the kids are trying to play an April Fool's trick!

6, 7, 5
Interest Level
Grades K - 2
Grade Level Equivalent
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Albert Whitman & Company
Number of Pages
Comedy and Humor

About the Author and Illustrator

Teresa Bateman
Nadine Bernard Westcott Nadine Bernard Westcott has illustrated numerous books for children. She lives in Nantucket, MA with her husband, Bill.

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