Cindy Moo

Cindy Moo

by Lori Mortensen, Jeff Mack
     
 

One night on the farm, the cows overhear a fantastic tale.

“Hey Diddle Diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon!”

Inspired by this classic rhyme, a plucky cow named Cindy Moo sets out to prove that cows really can leap over the moon.

The other cows laugh at her, but that doesn’t stop Cindy from trying—and

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Overview

One night on the farm, the cows overhear a fantastic tale.

“Hey Diddle Diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon!”

Inspired by this classic rhyme, a plucky cow named Cindy Moo sets out to prove that cows really can leap over the moon.

The other cows laugh at her, but that doesn’t stop Cindy from trying—and failing—night after night . . . until a trick of nature shows Cindy a way to triumph.

As delightfully silly as the original nursery rhyme, this hilarious picture book will have readers of all stripes (and spots) cheering for its determined heroine.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
When she hears the classic rhyme, "Hey Diddle," Cindy Moo, an ambitious cow, decides that, "if that cow could jump the moon...I can too." The other cows scoff as Cindy tries, in vain. The jaunty verse describes her disappointment as the rain clouds sweep the moon away. But later that night, when the rain stops, Cindy notices that the moon has slipped down onto the wet ground. "And with a happy MOO she jumped/ across the moon that night." The other cows marvel, but every night since, "...they gaze upon that puddle moon/ and jump it two by two." They are led, of course, by Cindy. There is a jaunty air to this spotted white cow with a pink ribbon and collar as depicted on the front jacket/cover jumping happily into the night sky while on the back her dull brown associates watch with staring eyes. But there are times when we find her tearfully despondent. Mack uses color with authority to produce a naturalistic setting for this eventually happy tale. The attractive farmyard and fields provide an appropriate stage for this appealing bovine. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS—When Cindy Moo and the other cows on Diddle Farm overhear the familiar nursery rhyme, they begin a discussion on the possibility of a cow jumping over the moon. Only Cindy Moo believes she can do it. After several attempts, a rainstorm, and the resulting puddles, she proves that with the right know-how, a cow can indeed jump over the moon. Excitement rhythmically rises and falls with each of Cindy's unsuccessful jumps. Success unites the herd "whenever rain clouds pass their way/and it is growing late,/they gaze upon that puddled moon/and jump it two by two." Night-blue skies sparkle with stars, and luminous landscapes are home to Cindy Moo and her fluffy stuffed-animal-like herd. Both rhyme and pictures will appeal to toddlers and young preschoolers. Great for bedtime sharing.—Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
Kirkus Reviews
The classic nursery rhyme gets the cows on the Diddle Farm thinking, but none so much as Cindy Moo, who is determined to jump over the moon. After arguing whether the feat is even feasible, the cows all listen as Cindy Moo declares that she is the cow who will do it. But her first try fails, and she gets the requisite "told you so" from the other cows, who urge her to give up. Her second try is no more successful. And then the worst happens--rain clouds cover the moon completely. But this serendipitous event actually helps the clever bovine achieve her goal. "Her friends came out and marveled much. / ‘Ms. Moo, you've done it now!' / ‘A cow can really jump the moon, / as long as she knows how.' " The scansion in Mortensen's verse works well, with just a few minor exceptions, making this a good read-aloud--and the final word of some verses is separated by a page turn, allowing audience participation. Mack's cows are a delight, although none stand out save Cindy Moo with her pink bow, cowbell and brown spots. None of the cows have udders, and all but the heroine sport tiny horns. Although it has been done before (many times), this take stands out for its clever heroine who just won't give up. (Picture book. 3-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062043931
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/15/2012
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
515,286
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Lori Mortensen is the author of Come See the Earth Turn: The Story of Léon Foucault and several other books for young readers. She lives in Northern California with her husband and three children.

Jeff Mack is the author and illustrator of Hush Little Polar Bear as well as the illustrator of many books for children, including Hurry! Hurry! by Eve Bunting and Mr. Duck Means Business by Tammi Sauer. He lives in western Massachusetts.

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