Stacey Ann Beitler’s Willy Goes to the Farm is a children’s story of love, tolerance, and recognizing the unique talents of others.
Children all over the world sing about Old Mac’s farm.
Quacks, moos and oinks are just a few of the sounds that echo all day long at the farm. Old Mac’s farm is a magical place where animals live and play all day long!
A rabbit hops over to the farm one day. Everyone knows that rabbits don’t make any kind of sound, but maybe there could be some other way for Rabbit to live on Old Mac’s farm. Although Rabbit can’t make a sound, he does have a special talent and so he stays. When word gets out about Rabbit’s success, animals of every kind, from far and wide, show up wanting to reveal their own special talents and live on the farm.
Willy the Worm decides to go to Old Mac’s farm to cheer on his cousin, the snake. Everyone knows that a worm certainly can’t make any sounds. Why, Willy can’t even think of one thing he can do! How will he ever be allowed to stay?
As Willy begins to head home he is surprised when Mrs. Mac offers him the opportunity to stay. She and the other animals help Willy discover that he does have a talent and that he is very special. What is Willy’s talent and will he find a new home with new friends?
Beitler’s tale has colorful and imaginative characters with a delightful story that children will want to revisit time and time again. She expertly incorporates childlike wonder with important lessons about self esteem and acceptance.