Cappuccina Goes to Town


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A picture book for children

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Children's Literature
Life was very peaceful for Farmer Fiori's black spotted cow, Cappuccina. She seemed very content nibbling crunchy hay and smelling the sweet flowers, but everyday as she watched people driving by her pasture, she wondered what it would be like to visit nearby town. The opportunity finally arrived for Cappuccina to leave the farm, so off she trotted down the road. Her first stop was to buy some shoes. Shoes with buckles, shoes with laces, and shoe with bright blue bows made it hard to decide. They were all so beautiful and Cappuccina would have been happy with any pair only none of them fit. She tried the dress shop, the hat store, the hairdresser¾each time discovering that nothing really suited her. What she really wanted more than anything else was back on Farmer Fiori's farm. A cute story that any child would love. 2002, Kids Can Press,
— Sharon Tolle
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Cappuccina is a cow who wants to be a person. A break in the fence is her opportunity to go to town and there she does what many humans love to do most-shop. She looks at shoes, hats, dresses, and wigs, all in "Blooooooo!" (It is her favorite color.) Her hooves, horns, and tail get in the way of a perfect fit for anything, until the hairdresser ties a simple blue bow around her tail. Then she heads for home and her dinner of "crunchy hay and sweet alfalfa," happy to be a cow. Although they have never served a customer quite like Cappuccina before, the tradespeople treat her with respect and try hard to meet her needs. No one sees the cow shopping in town as an odd occurrence. The gouache illustrations are fun, and Cappuccina is drawn as a lovable bovine. Children will enjoy the humorous pictures of a cow in clothes, while older children will like the play on words. This entertaining book is a fine addition for storytime.-Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
It's a cow's life, until Cappuccina gets it in her head that town looks a lot more fun than her pasture, in this candied grass-is-greener tale. Cappuccina is a substantial Holstein who lives at Farmer Fiori's farm. Her hayfield has a view to a hilltop town, where she imagines people having much merriment. Occasionally, she'd even like to be human. When a storm results in a break in her fence, she makes a dash for the bright lights. But when she tries to deck herself out as a human-Cappuccina's idea of humanness is going shopping, which is perhaps the more subversive lesson in this story-she finds the shoes don't fit her hooves, the hat won't settle on her horns, and the dress won't drape properly over her tail. A hairdresser comes to the rescue with a pretty bow tie for her afterpart, and then it dawns on Cappuccina: "She really was just perfect as herself." She returns to her pasture, where Farmer Fiori remarks, "Your life is so peaceful. . . . Sometimes I wish I were a cow," which sets things up for the sequel. A story of flouncy cuteness, both in the text (" ‘I will get a pretty dress to wear.' Tossing her head in a friendly way, she stepped over to the dressmaker's") and in the artwork, all tropical colors and enough enormous grins on each page to make your teeth ache. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550748079
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Eugenie Fernandes is an award-winning picture book author and illustrator. Her many works include the Little Mouse series, Earth Magic,One Hen and Kitten?s Spring. She lives in southern Ontario.

Katie Smith Milway, a native of Vancouver, B.C., has coordinated community development programs in Africa and Latin America for Food for the Hungry; consulted on village banking in Senegal with World Vision and was a delegate to the 1992 Earth Summit. She has written books and articles on sustainable development and is currently a partner at nonprofit consultancy The Bridgespan Group, based in Boston, Massachusetts.

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