Buttercup's Lovely Day


In poetry that winds and wends like a creek through a farmer's field, we journey through one lovely day in Buttercup's life. Whether she is ruminating on the mud beneath her feet or the moon and the stars in the blue-black sky, she draws us deep into her rich and wonderful world.
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In poetry that winds and wends like a creek through a farmer's field, we journey through one lovely day in Buttercup's life. Whether she is ruminating on the mud beneath her feet or the moon and the stars in the blue-black sky, she draws us deep into her rich and wonderful world.
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Editorial Reviews

The Brandon Sun
"Beck shows her mastery of lovely language as she shares with her readers Buttercup's discoveries and delights."
The Globe and Mail
"There's much... for small fry to roll around their tongues as beautiful black-and-white Buttercup meanders through her lovely day."
CM Magazine
"Highly recommended."
Quill & Quire
"A read-aloud gem...A clever, joyful, playful celebration of creative language, sound, rhyme, rhythm, and repetition."
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"The small details in each illustration truly bring this book to life....A wonderful book to teach children how to play with language! Bravo sisters Beck!"
Deakin Newsletter
"This is a delightful marriage of imagination and reality, of lyrical languorous text and gentle realistic illustration - a pleasure."
Canadian Children's Book News
"Buttercup's overflowing optimism is uplifting and life-affirming...This picturebook is perfect for a lovely day or a lousy one - reminding us, like Buttercup, to sing thankful praises for life's simple pleasures."
The Horn Book Guide
"The story's tone is peaceful and contented."
Children's Literature - Meagan Albright
Readers follow Buttercup the cow as she explores her world with poetry, wending her way through fields and wallowing in creeks and cool wet mud. From the mud under her feet and the stars in the sky, Buttercup's world is full of everyday things seen in a new and beautiful perspective. Andrea Beck's lovely illustrations are a perfect counterpoint to the lovely lyrical text. While the pace of the poetry is slow and reflective, there are humorous portions that will appeal to children and keep readers motivated and interested, including a passage about a skunk, a "stinky slinky funky skunk" that causes the cow pause: "I dare not think of what he might do if I should twitch or fart or moo!" The best part of this book is its ability to introduce children to rare words such as languorous, lurk, churning and murk. This book is highly recommended for purchase for public and school libraries' poetry collections. Reviewer: Meagan Albright
School Library Journal

Gr 1-4

Beginning with the rising sun and ending as she falls asleep at night, a Holstein waxes poetic about all the things she enjoys about her life. The verse on each spread begins with the words, "I love..." and then continues to describe the simple pleasures of agrarian life. Buttercup clearly is a dreamy cow and she loves all manner of things, from the grass at her feet to her own tongue to her quiet barn at the end of a lovely day. Readers learn that Buttercup also loves making (cow)pies, constantly chewing her cud, and even the skunk who nuzzles against her legs. The iambic rhythm makes the selections easy to read and recite aloud, and the poems would be wonderful additions to storytimes about cows, farms, or even during Valentine's Day programs. The cheery illustrations subtly reflect the changing light throughout Buttercup's day. The opening pages are awash with warm tones of blue and green and the colors slowly change toward the end to reflect sunset and, finally, night. Buttercup provides the answers to life's eternal questions-she loves the simple things and shares this joy with readers.-Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554691227
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,159,841
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrea Beck is the author/illustrator of the popular book series and TV show, Elliot Moose. Andrea is known for creating earnest characters that inhabit a world of warmth and friendship, appealing to children and parents alike. Beck draws upon her childhood memories to create stories that speak deeply to children. Beck studied at OCAD, York University and the University of Toronto and began her career as a toy designer. Her award-winning designs were featured in Canadian media and sold from coast to coast. Later, reading to her children, Beck was inspired by picturebooks and she began to write. Beck lives in Unionville, ON, with her two sons, her beagle Tillie and about 30 goldfish in the backyard pond.
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I love this day,

the grass at my knees,

the buzz of the bees,

the fluzz of the flies,

switching my tail

and making pies.

It is so, so fine

to be bovine

to be a cow

right here

right now.

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