Dadblamed Union Army Cow

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She just won’t git! A Union army soldier can’t shake his dadblamed cow in this uplifting tale based on a true story.

"THAT DADBLAMED COW!" She follows her owner into the Union army and then straight on south to fight in the war. She needs unstomped grass to eat, she gets stuck in the mud, and she’s just plain DANGEROUS in battle. But this peculiar cow also gives the weary soldiers some surprising comforts. Based on stories and newspaper reports from the Civil War and full of lively illustrations, this is a ...

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Overview

She just won’t git! A Union army soldier can’t shake his dadblamed cow in this uplifting tale based on a true story.

"THAT DADBLAMED COW!" She follows her owner into the Union army and then straight on south to fight in the war. She needs unstomped grass to eat, she gets stuck in the mud, and she’s just plain DANGEROUS in battle. But this peculiar cow also gives the weary soldiers some surprising comforts. Based on stories and newspaper reports from the Civil War and full of lively illustrations, this is a heartwarming tale of one wonderfully dadblamed PERSISTENT cow.

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Publishers Weekly

Inspired by the true story of a "celebrated cow" that traveled with the Fifty-Ninth Regiment of Indiana Volunteers during the Civil War (a sprightly endnote supplies the details), Fletcher (Shadow Spinner) and Root (Don't Forget Winona) weave first-class fiction. In their version, the cow belongs to a rank-and-file soldier who thinks he's left the farm behind. But "that dadblamed cow" just can't say goodbye. She follows him right onto the train and charms his captain (those big, sad cow eyes are mighty irresistible). And "When the bullets went whistlin' past our ears, she got spooked and bolted-around a clump of cannon, through a bramble patch, over a hill, and right smack-dab into a pack of horse dragoons," says the narrator. " 'You're a dadblamed dangerouscow,' I said." But if the soldier never stops calling her "dadblamed" he soon values her company: she offers warmth, milk and a reminder of home when the going gets rough. Root's pencil and watercolor drawings vividly render the Civil War landscape, from the bedraggled encampments to the pitch of a battle. She doesn't anthropomorphize her bovine heroine, and yet there's something special about the unnamed cow-she seems as much called to help the soldiers as Clara Barton herself. A terrific read-aloud, and a marvelous approach to history. Ages 5-7. (July)

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
When our narrator sets out during the Civil War to join the Union Army, his "dadblamed cow" follows him. He keeps telling her to "Git home," but she insists on going along on the train, marching South, demanding grass and water, getting stuck in the mud, blundering into the middle of a battle. But she also comes in "mighty useful" to shoo flies in the summer, add warmth in the winter, give a little milk for the hungry. She even joins him in the hospital when he is wounded, At war's end, she limps along home with him, gets written up in the newspaper, and even gets a medal. But all she ever says is, "Moo!" Root's pencil and watercolor illustrations enhance the comic aspects of the serious war, showing us the cow filling the aisle of the train or being pulled out of the mud. Full pages and vignettes all provide useful information about uniforms, landscapes, and battles, with a few double-page scenes for more dramatic effect. But the emphasis is on the lighthearted moments. A note provides the facts on which the story is based. Do not bypass the endpapers.
Kirkus Reviews
Most picture-book war stories are long on history but short on humor-until now. When a young man enlists in the Union Army, he's annoyed, embarrassed and frustrated when his cow persists in following him into battle. "That dadblamed cow! When I went to join the Union army, she did not stay home like a regular cow but followed me down to the enlistment office." She's persnickety about eating unstomped grass; swats flies off the soldiers' heads with her tail; provides body heat on frosty nights and milk when food is scarce. When the soldier is hit with a musket ball, his cow helps nurse him back to health. When the war is over, a newspaper reporter takes her photo and folks come from miles around to scratch between her horns and admire the cow that's been awarded a medal by the Captain for "brave and unusual service to country." An author's note explains that the story is true, based on newspaper reports from the Civil War. It's the telling in the soldier's voice that engages the reader and captures just the right tone without caricaturizing or sensationalizing. Root's droll style perfectly portrays the story with homespun flavor and military-blue-dominant illustrations that express human and bovine characteristics. (Picture book/historical fiction. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763622633
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 6/12/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 363,672
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.73 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Fletcher, the author of several novels for young readers, says, "I have never spent much time with cows, but I have lived with and adored a variety of dadblamed, headstrong pets." She lives in Wilsonville, Oregon.

Kimberly Bulcken Root says that one of her great-grandfathers was in the Pennsylvania cavalry and another in the Grand Army of the Republic, while other relatives were on the southern side. She lives in Quarryville, Pennsylvania.

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