What's That Sound? Series

In the CityOn the Farm
By the SeaAt The Circus

  • What's That Sound? Series
  • Written by Sheryl McFarlane
  • Illustrations by Kim LaFave
  • Ages: 1-3 Grade: Preschool
  • 5.25 x 7, 20 boards
What's That Sound? In the City and On the Farm by Sheryl McFarlane
  • In the City ISBN: 1-55041-812-2
  • hc $10.95 CDN / US
  • On the Farm ISBN: 1-55041-814-9
  • hc $10.95 CDN /$7.95 US


What's That Sound? At The Circus and By the Sea by Sheryl McFarlane
  • At The Circus ISBN: 1-55041-959-5
  • hc $10.95 CDN /$7.95 US
  • By the Sea ISBN: 1-55041-957-9
  • hc


Four great new board books for little noisemakers!

Illustration of a boy cannon-balling into the water from 'By the Sea'

Wherever you live, in the middle of a big city or on a farm, or even by the sea, toddlers revel in the unique cacophy of noisy delights that surround them every day. In the city, garbage trucks CLATTER and CLANG, car horns go BEEP, BEEP, and sirens WAIL. On the farm, tractors RUMBLE, Quaking ducks SPLISH SPLASH, and pigs SNORT, SNORT, SQUEAL. By the sea, seagulls SCREAM and sea lions BELLOW, BARK, and ROAR and if you visit the circus, you can hear TUMPETING elephants and ROARING tigers.

These bright, colorful board books serve a dual purpose for inquisitive little ones. Not only do they link noises to objects but they encourage the association of meaning to letters on a page—the first, crucial step in developing young readers.

Author Sheryl McFarlane's rhythmic read-aloud texts are perfectly complimented by Kim LaFave's bright and colorful scenes. A glorious series of books for little noisemakers everywhere.

More About These Wonderful Boardbooks

You can find out more about What's That Sound? In the City and What's That Sound? On the Farm in a review by CM: Canadian Review of Materials. —"Highly Recommended."

What's That Sound? By the Sea

"This bright, sturdy first book brings the sights and sounds of the seashore to life. From the LAP of waves against the shore to the PAT, PAT sound of shovels in the sand, the book makes sounds come alive through its words and pictures. Little ones will enjoy hearing this cheery book read to them during playtime and at bedtime." —Canadian Toy Testing Council

Canadian Toy Testing Council 'Great Books' award

Awards and Honours

Moonbeam Award silver medal
  • What's That Sound? By the Sea is the Moonbeam Award silver medalist in the Board Book category.


Published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside: Toronto, 2004.

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