Cows to the Rescue

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It's the day of the county fair!

Three-legged races, a “Smartest Pig” contest, the Ferris wheel—what could be more fun? But the Greenstalks’ car won’t start, so they’ll need some help getting there. . . .

Cows to the Rescue is the fabulous new book in John Himmelman’s hilarious barnyard saga. It follows Chickens to the Rescue and Pigs to the Rescue, bringing back the fun with brand new mishaps and brand ...

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Overview

It's the day of the county fair!

Three-legged races, a “Smartest Pig” contest, the Ferris wheel—what could be more fun? But the Greenstalks’ car won’t start, so they’ll need some help getting there. . . .

Cows to the Rescue is the fabulous new book in John Himmelman’s hilarious barnyard saga. It follows Chickens to the Rescue and Pigs to the Rescue, bringing back the fun with brand new mishaps and brand moo—er, new—problem-solvers.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
First chickens, then pigs—now the Greenstalk family’s cows are lending a hoof, just in time for the county fair. Himmelman’s white and ginger-colored bovines carry the family to the fair when the car won’t start; bathe a muddy Ernie the duck (insuring that he wins the Handsomest Duck Contest); accompany fearful Emily on the Ferris wheel; and offer an impromptu lesson to unstudied pigs ahead of the Smartest Pig Competition. Himmelman relies on the formula he introduced in the first two books, but this expressive and determined herd of cows should have readers laughing until the you-know-whats come home. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
From the Publisher

“This amusing picture book is a worthy successor to Chickens to the Rescue (2006) and Pigs to the Rescue (2010).”--Booklist Online
 
“…this expressive and determined herd of cows should have readers laughing until the you-know-whats come home.” --Publishers Weekly
 
"The pencil and watercolor illustrations are packed with plenty of personality and have enough detail to keep kids turning the pages to learn the outcome. Children will, of course, pipe up with the refrain 'Cows to the Rescue!' in group readings and during lapsits, and the mad antics of these friendly and very game rescuers will delight them.” --SLJ
 
“Himmelman’s illustrations are such an artful eyeful—snappily colored and gloriously comic—that it is easy to overlook the pleasure of the simple text, a little motor that in many ways drives the whole production forward.” --Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
What is Farmer Greenstalk to do when it's the day of the county fair and his overloaded station wagon won't start? And what's Jeffrey Greenstalk to do when he's the only one signed up for the three-legged race? What happens when Ernie the duck gets all muddy before the Handsomest Duck contest? And when the pigs have not studied for the Smartest Pig contest? No need to worry: for every possible county-fair disaster, it's "Cows to the rescue!" in this hilarious companion to Himmelman's acclaimed Pigs to the Rescue and Chickens to the Rescue. This time Himmelman offers up a bovine bonanza as his undaunted cows carry the Greenstalks off to the fair, race exuberantly with tied legs, give Ernie the duck a good rub-a-dub-scrub, and (in the funniest spread of all) tutor their pig pupils in spelling, chemistry, and higher mathematics. Himmelman knows how to get maximal mileage out of a hundred words of spare text, crowding each picture with comic detail galore and providing a refrain preschoolers will love shouting out at story time: "Cows to the rescue!" Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—If it's not chickens and pigs, then it's cows to the rescue. In this third farmyard outing, Farmer Greenstalk and his family are "saved" by their wildly rampaging dairy cows as they make their way to the county fair. From the three-legged race to riding the Ferris wheel and prepping for the Smartest Pig Contest, the divine bovines keep disaster at bay. The events happen in two-hour increments beginning at 7:00 a. m. with a wild ride to the fair and ending 12 hours later with Greenstalks, cows, pigs, and chicken asleep in a heap. The pencil and watercolor illustrations are packed with plenty of personality and have enough detail to keep kids turning the pages to learn the outcome. Children will, of course, pipe up with the refrain "Cows to the Rescue!" in group readings and during lapsits, and the mad antics of these friendly and very game rescuers will delight them.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews

A herd of cows repeatedly comes to the rescue of a hapless family on fair day.

Himmelman's illustrations are such an artful eyeful—snappily colored and gloriously comic—that it is easy to overlook the pleasure of the simple text, a little motor that in many ways drives the whole production forward. The Greenstalk family is headed to the county fair. Throughout the day, they encounter problems: The car won't start, there aren't enough contestants for the three-legged race, the Ferris wheel gives one of the children a case of the jitters. Fear not: Cows to the rescue! (Himmelman has also written books featuring rescues by chickens and pigs.) The cows are visually endearing in the extreme, great galumphing beasts with can-do good cheer. For each and every difficulty, there is a successful conclusion: "That wasn't scary at all," claims the Ferris wheel fraidy cat; "Thanks for the lift," says Farmer Greenstalk when the cows ferry the family to the fair. The timing of the "Cows to the rescue!" is such that even the very young will know just when to come yodeling into a read-aloud, which gives the book a fine, uproarious feel and an excellent measure of involvement.

In the end, the cows get burnt out, and who can blame them? Then it's time for the duck to show his stuff—is more hilarity in the works? (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805092493
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 282,858
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

John Himmelman is the author and illustrator of more than sixty books for children, including Chickens to the Rescue, Pigs to the Rescue, and Katie Loves the Kittens. He lives in Connecticut with his family.

www.johnhimmelman.com

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