Find a Cow Now!

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Ruff! Ruff! Yip! Yip! Dog is rounding up whatever he can find in his urban apartment, even chairs. He is also driving his bird companion crazy with the commotion. Bird sends him to the countryside to find something more appropriate to herd, like a cow. But since Dog has never seen a cow, he finds all the wrong animals. After being pecked by a chicken, spattered with mud by a pig, and walloped by a donkey, Dog needs a friend. By chance a mysterious and kindly animal helps lead him back to the city, only to cause ...

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Ruff! Ruff! Yip! Yip! Dog is rounding up whatever he can find in his urban apartment, even chairs. He is also driving his bird companion crazy with the commotion. Bird sends him to the countryside to find something more appropriate to herd, like a cow. But since Dog has never seen a cow, he finds all the wrong animals. After being pecked by a chicken, spattered with mud by a pig, and walloped by a donkey, Dog needs a friend. By chance a mysterious and kindly animal helps lead him back to the city, only to cause chaos there, before revealing her identity—as a cow!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Tired of the commotion caused by an antsy house dog, a pet bird persuades the canine that he should head to the country to herd cows (never mind that neither of these city slickers knows what a cow is). Crummel’s mixed-media artwork gives the story’s familiar barnyard animals ample personality (most of them quite cranky and unpleasant), as Dog mistakes one after another for a cow. An angry chicken glares and claws at Dog, and a donkey, who’s similarly enraged at being confused for a cow, kicks dog with a big “ka-boom.” Stevens’s text, meanwhile, is full of exclamations, repeated phrases, and animal noises that should encourage reader participation: “Dog walked and walked. There it was.... A COW! Ruff! Ruff! Yip! Yip! Yee-haw!” Finally, the discouraged dog unknowingly meets a cow that kindly takes him back home—a short-lived trip after the cow causes chaos on the city streets. The chief source of fun comes from readers knowing more than Dog, but it’s not much compensation in a story in which the only two likable characters are either dimwitted or dull. Ages 4–8. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Dog wakes up from his nap and he is restless. His need to herd items in the apartment bothers Bird, a parakeet. Bird informs Dog to go out to the country and find a cow. Although he goes outside the city and looks for a cow, Dog does not know what a cow looks like. He begins to herd a chicken who angrily responds that it is not a cow but a chicken. Dog continues his search and encounters a pig followed by a donkey. Exhausted and unhappy with the results of locating a cow, Dog gets the help of another animal to go back to the city. Once in the city, the Dog and his new friend surprise the people. The pair escape from the ruckus of the crowd and dash back to the country where Dog finally discovers the identity of his new friend. The illustrations support the story by focusing on Dog's needs and his problem. There are pictures showing his need to herd and his encounters with the different animals during his search in the country for a cow. Young children may find Dog's misidentifications to be funny. The satisfying ending brings the story back to Dog's need to rest after his adventure. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Anyone who has ever had a hyperactive pet will understand Dog's need for a little adventure. When too many naps cause this cattle dog to go stir crazy, Bird shoos him off to the country to find a cow. Stevens's watercolor paintings show Dog's journey from city elevator to wide open spaces as he encounters first a chicken, then a pig, and finally a donkey before lying down dejectedly in the dust. Children will enjoy correcting Dog as he mistakes each of these animals for a bovine and will likely chime in with the corresponding animal noises. Upon seeing the poor defeated Dog, a cow kindly takes pity on him and helps him find his way back to the city. After being shooed back outside the city limits by alarmed urbanites yelling things like, "eee-eee-kkk!!" and "Call the POLICE!!!," Dog finally learns that his helpful friend is indeed the cow he's been searching for. After such a long and exciting adventure, Dog decides he's finally ready for one of those naps again. This simple and engaging story is well told, but it is the vibrant and energetic artwork that makes it stand out in a crowd.—Jenna Boles, Washington-Centerville Public Library, OH
Kirkus Reviews
When Bird sends restless Dog to the country to find a cow to herd, the result is a comical series of misidentifications and an exhausting trip. The Stevens sisters (Help Me, Mr. Mutt, 2008, etc.) return with another appealing animal adventure. After Dog mistakenly tries to herd a chicken, a pig and an ill-tempered donkey, he's rescued by a large brown-and-white animal who takes him back to the city. Only after surprised city dwellers send them back out to the country does Dog discover that the helpful creature is called Cow. The enthusiastic but slightly dim-witted Australian cattle dog and exasperated budgie are generically named but realistically depicted in Stevens' illustrations, rendered in soft acrylic washes over pencil combined with collage. From vignettes to double-page spreads, they tell the story as unmistakably as the simple text. The animals' postures express their emotions, while sounds--from "Cluck cluck! Peck peck!" to "Yip! Yip! Yee-haw!" and "Eee-eee-kkk!!"--add read-aloud interest to the pictures. Even the direction of Dog's travel is clear: from left to right as he goes from city to country, and right to left returning. The circular narrative, which opens with Dog napping, ends with the dog-tired traveler asleep again. Skillfully told and satisfying, this is sure to delight young listeners in on the joke. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823422180
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 615,886
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD140L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Stevens Crummel has collaborated on many best-selling picture books with her sister Janet. These marvelous books have included a Time Magazine's Top 10 Children's Book and winners of the Texas Bluebonnet Award and other state awards. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

Janet Stevens' books have won many awards, including a Caldecott Honor. Her books have been named American Library Association Notable Books. She is the illustrator of the popular Anansi books written by Eric A. Kimmel. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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  • Posted March 10, 2014

         Incredibly cute, funny with earthy illustrations that add r

         Incredibly cute, funny with earthy illustrations that add relevance to the story, Find a Cow Now is great for early learners. Dog is tired of living in the city, so Bird suggests he go to the country to find himself a cow to herd. As he travels to the country, Dog encounters lots of strange animals he tries to herd but neither the pig nor the chicken want anything to do with him. When he loses his way, he is helped by a large animal who coincidentally, as he learns out later, is a cow.
          Cute story that will appeal to kids who love animals, Find a Cow Now uses simple words and sounds to tell its tale. Perfect for early readers, I personally enjoyed the different animal sounds that organically appeared throughout. The illustrations are very well done and in such a way to give credence to the story. All in all a darn cute story great for librarian’s needing a farm story in story time or that mom needing her next nighttime tale. 

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