The Cow Who Wouldn't Come Down

The Cow Who Wouldn't Come Down

by Paul Brett Johnson, Paul Brett Johnson
     
 

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THE COW WHO WOULDN'T COME DOWN received two starred reviews (PW and SLJ) and was selected as an SLJ Best Book of the Year, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon winner, and received other impressive distinctions.

Miss Rosemary knows that her cow, Gertrude, has a mind of her own. But when Gertrude takes up a new hobby, Miss Rosemary is faced with a problem: how do you milk a

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THE COW WHO WOULDN'T COME DOWN received two starred reviews (PW and SLJ) and was selected as an SLJ Best Book of the Year, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon winner, and received other impressive distinctions.

Miss Rosemary knows that her cow, Gertrude, has a mind of her own. But when Gertrude takes up a new hobby, Miss Rosemary is faced with a problem: how do you milk a flying cow? First Miss Rosemary tries to lure Gertrude down with a fresh bale of alfalfa, then she tries to catch the cow with a fishing rod, next she tries to rope Gertrude with a lasso. Nothing works until Miss Rosemary has a brilliant idea. She makes a new cow, -Matilda, out of fabric and stuffing. When Gertrude sees she has been replaced, she decides to return to earth. Once there she finds a new hobby--driving the tractor.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Johnson's impressively polished first book tells a merry and mirthful story of a strong-willed cow with a singular ability. Despite the commands and cajoling of the elderly, equally resolute Miss Rosemary (``in something of a tizzy''), this brazen bovine insists on flying through the air. After unsuccessful--though hilarious--attempts to apprehend the animal with a fishing rod and a lasso, Miss Rosemary devises a plan to bring Gertrude back to earth--a scheme that rivals the gift of the Trojan horse for sheer cunning. In a waggish finale, the now-earthbound Gertrude prepares to indulge in another droll display of un-bovine behavior. Johnson's crisply defined acrylic paintings, capturing the flavor of his native Kentucky Appalachians, offer a passel of amusing images--Gertrude perched on a treetop, trying to pass for a bird (``It's a known fact cows don't murp. They moo,'' grumbles Miss Rosemary); a foiled Miss Rosemary flying through the air, only her skirt and duck-printed bloomers visible. The flap copy states that Johnson is working on two subsequent books: youngsters are apparently in for further treats from this talented author-artist. Ages 3-6. (Mar.)
Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
In a starred review, PW called this story of a brazen bovine who insists on flying "an impressively polished first book" and "a merry and mirthful story." Ages 3-6. (Sept.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-- `` `It's a known fact cows don't fly,' '' says Miss Rosemary, but apparently Gertrude has not heard. She's the picture of bovine grace as she glides over the farm cutting figure eights, and simply radiates contentment. Miss Rosemary, on the other hand, is concerned about what the neighbors will think and wonders how she could possibly milk a flying cow. With dogged determination, the elderly woman sets about bringing Gertrude down. After several nearly disastrous attempts, she begins a subtler campaign by bringing in a substitute ``cow.'' Johnson's high-flying original tale will have preschool listeners rolling off their sit-upons. The only question is who will be their favorite character--the uniquely talented and territorial Gertrude or the wily Miss Rosemary. His full-color, acrylic paintings are the perfect match for the humorous story. Executed in pastel tones with backgrounds reminiscent of Seurat, these fine illustrations reveal the changing moods and gradual dishevelment of this fine country lady and the bliss experienced by her cow. Youngsters will enjoy noticing Miss Rosemary's goose and pig, whose expressions range from perplexity to aggravation to satisfaction to complete amazement. A virtuoso debut! --Jeanne Marie Clancy, Upper Merion Township Library, King of Prussia, PA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439400688
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/1902
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.18(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.09(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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