Cow Can't Sleep


Belle can’t sleep. The hay is too scratchy. So she tiptoes around the farm to find the perfect place to sleep. But what if the best sleeping spots are already taken? Belle causes an uproar on the farm . . . until finally she finds the perfect place to sleep! Good night!

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Belle can’t sleep. The hay is too scratchy. So she tiptoes around the farm to find the perfect place to sleep. But what if the best sleeping spots are already taken? Belle causes an uproar on the farm . . . until finally she finds the perfect place to sleep! Good night!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Anyone who has had trouble getting to sleep and is driven to try all sorts of moving around, searching for a soothing glass or water, or untangling of sheets will sympathize with Cow. Baker turns Cow's efforts into a kind of cumulative tale where one effort creates a problem that leads to another attempt. Cow settles onto what she thinks is a soft mattress only to discover it is a flock of ducks; she falls into the well looking for a glass of water but when horse hauls her out, the warm snuggly blankets turn out to be sheep. On it goes until Cow finally finds refuge in the farmer's own bed. The facial expressions on Steve Gray's pop-eyed creatures are reminiscent of Mad Magazine. They provide plenty of absurd details to keep young readers chortling. It could become the springboard for a family or classroom discussion of what to do when you cannot sleep. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
PreS-K—When a cow can't sleep because the hay in the barn is too scratchy, she looks for a better place to rest and finds "a nice feathered mattress." Children will see that it's a flock of ducks before Belle realizes it. She goes for a drink and falls into the well, and the horses rescue her. Now she's looking for warmth and finds "some warm wool blankets to snuggle in." These, of course, are the sheep. Then it's off to the mud puddle, which turns out to be inhabited by the smelly pigs. The chicken coop makes her sneeze, the doghouse and hayloft don't work out well either, so she retreats back to the hay. But now it is inhabited by all the animals she displaced. She finally finds a soft, warm place to settle down. It's the farmer's bed, and the startled man and his wife awaken in the morning to find the sleeping cow snoring between them. The story is fun, but the digital illustrations ruin it. The cow looks bloated and distorted with grossly oversize lips. All of the animals have round, Ping-Pong-ball enlarged eyes, but at least they remain cartoon renditions of what they're supposed to be. It's the cow that's so disturbing.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761461982
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 473,074
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Baker is also the author of Old MacDonald Had a Dragon, illustrated by Christopher Santoro, and Brave Little Monster, illustrated by Geoffrey Hayes. Ken grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and now lives in Utah with his family. He enjoys attending writers’ workshops and conferences and presenting his books at schools. Learn more:

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