Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The "Farm Flu"

Yesterday, I read on MSN.com that a CDC official said that the H1N1 or "Swine Flu" virus has now been reported in all 50 states. By now I'm sure that you've all seen the internet pic floating around that shows the toddler kissing a pig along with the caption, "How Not to Get the Swine Flu", but in case you missed it...

So, I find these next few pics hilarious in a not-so-gross (as in the above photo) teacher-mommy sort of way! I take Mary and Benjamin to the library once a week to check out books and we came across this one...

Copyright 2001

It is a hilarious rhyming story about a young boy's attempts at caring for his farm animals that mysteriously come down with...you guessed it...the FLU!

"But it was likely just as well
that Mom was out of town a spell
when, marching through the morning dew,
I heard the milk cow moo,
Poor thing," I said,
"you've got the flu!"

(Pigs with the flu!)

My toddler and preschooler were delighted with this story and it has become a new favorite! To learn more about public school librarian and children's author, Teresa Bateman, author of Farm Flu click here.


  1. How fun, That book looks adorable. I need to find some good ones to stock the nursery with.

  2. I am going to have to check out this book. I wanted to let you know that I have my blog up and running. I want to do the 3 column blog but I am having a hard time figuring it out. I will keep working on it thru the night. My family is seriously being neglected. LOL.

  3. too cute! The book looks too cute! Right now the Old Lady who swallowd a shell is Lil E's fav! She goes around saying "There was an old lady who swallowed the fish, and the pail, and the um bird". LOL, not just as the story has it, but close enough for this mommy!

    Hope yall had a beautiful day! Ours was Dandy! No really it was a great day!

    Hugs and Blessings,

  4. What a cute book! Do your kids like Babette Cole books? I love her stuff, she is so funny! If you haven't seen her books, look for them next time you take the kids to the library!

  5. It's great you found that book! I'll have to let my niece know about it for Addie.

  6. I'm so glad you found my blog so I could find you. What a darling blog you have here. I'd love to sit on your front porch and chat.
    The midwest has no mountains or oceans that I long for too, but it does have great people.
    Cute post today!

  7. Thanks Valerie, I will definitely look at your books you have listed. I just want to read to our little guy when he comes and I made sure to buy a hutch that has shelves on top so we can make a book shelf in his room.

    I hope your week is going good.
    Thanks again,

  8. What a great book! Wonder if we can find it here in Sweden. I´m going to my nieces doughters baptism soon and that would be a great book to give to here (even if it will take some years untils they can read it together :-) ).
    Have a great day now!

  9. Gosh, Valerie, that first pic is the cutest thing ever! In fact, I'd say it's frameable! Love that perfect lil' book to go along with your pic...just perfect! I have always loved farm books, as a little one and as a grown-up! *Ü*

  10. This post is just too cute! Tahnks for sharing!!!

  11. Great picture...I wonder what the pig promised the little kid to get him to kiss her? :)


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