Grady's in the Silo

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How would someone squeeze a 1,200-pound cow out of a silo? That is the humorous problem Una Belle Townsend solves in Grady's in the Silo. When Grady, a big red Hereford cow, feels sick one day, she is given a shot. Upset, she tries to escape to the pasture but finds herself mysteriously stuck inside of a large, gray silo. No one can figure how to get her out.

The story takes many charming twists and turns as people from around the world try to help Bill, the farmer, save his ...

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Overview

How would someone squeeze a 1,200-pound cow out of a silo? That is the humorous problem Una Belle Townsend solves in Grady's in the Silo. When Grady, a big red Hereford cow, feels sick one day, she is given a shot. Upset, she tries to escape to the pasture but finds herself mysteriously stuck inside of a large, gray silo. No one can figure how to get her out.

The story takes many charming twists and turns as people from around the world try to help Bill, the farmer, save his cow. The difficulty is getting Grady out without hurting her. The many suggestions told to Bill are both outrageous and funny. Finally, a reporter from Denver comes and saves the day with a creative idea and a bucket of grease. The story shows how teamwork combined with a little patience and perseverance can solve even the strangest problems.
Grady's in the Silo takes place in the author's hometown, Yukon, Oklahoma. It is based on a true story that happened in 1949 and is an important part of Yukon folklore. This is a unique tale overflowing with Midwest charm and a rural sensibility.

Una Belle Townsend has been an elementary-school teacher for nearly twenty years. She graduated from East Texas Baptist College and has her master's degree in elementary education. She is the proud mother of two sons and has won several awards for both her children's fiction and her poetry.

Bob Artley has been a respected illustrator for over fifty years. He began his career as an editorial cartoonist with the Des Moines Tribune and then with the Worthington (Minnesota) Daily Globe. Artley has illustrated more than ten books, the latest one being Once Upon a Farm, which is also published by Pelican Publishing Company.

Grady the Hereford cow gets stuck in the silo of Bill and Alyne's farm in Yukon, Oklahoma. Based on an actual event that occurred in 1949.

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A "stubborn, wild" Hereford cow is the star of this middling tale, based on an actual incident that occurred on an Oklahoma farm in 1949. Just after the vet gives an ailing Grady a shot, the agitated, 1200-pound cow leaps through an opening "no bigger than a newspaper page" into an empty silo. The vet advises Grady's owner to keep her comfortable until the cow can get herself out. But four days later, the cow is still there. Artley's (Once Upon a Farm) illustrations of various people's suggestions on how to free Grady-arriving by letter and telegram-lighten up the proceedings, but mostly the pace lags. Finally the farm editor of a Denver newspaper arrives with the solution, which gets less verbal and visual footage than the farfetched suggestions preceding it. Kids who would have liked to view the step-by-step process of preparing Grady with grease and assembling the volunteers who push and pull her up a wooden ramp and squeeze her through the opening may feel shortchanged. Instead, the narrative comes across as wordy and stiff. Artley's good humored, vividly colored cartoon art, featuring comically hyperbolic expressions on the faces of the characters-human and bovine alike-provide the entertainment. Ages 5-8. (Feb.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-The Machs' willful, wild Hereford cow is not feeling well, so the farmer calls Dr. Crump, who gives the ailing bovine a shot. Grady reacts by leaping through a small window, but instead of jumping to freedom, she lands in the silo. Now, how does someone get a 1200-pound cow out of a silo? Suggestions ranging from the practical to the absurd pour in from across the country and around the world. Finally, the farm editor of the Denver Post comes up with the answer-axle grease and teamwork-and the animal is free at last. From beginning to end, the author spins quite a yarn in this tale based on an event that took place in Yukon, OK, in 1949. Artley's watercolor-and-ink illustrations play off the text, capturing Grady's stubborn personality as well as the silliness of the many recommended solutions. Townsend tells the story with quiet humor, while the artist takes it to a louder level. Together they present creative problem solving at its funniest. The farm scenes are accurately drawn with one exception: the Hereford cow should have a completely white face, not just a white blaze. This amusing story will have wide appeal.-Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589800984
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Una Belle Townsend has been an elementary-school teacher for nearly twenty years. She graduated from East Texas Baptist College and earned a master's degree in elementary education at Stephen F. Austin State University. She has received many local honors for her short stories and poetry. Townsend has lived in Yukon, Oklahoma, for more than twenty-five years.

Bob Artley was born on his familyís farm, established by his grandfather, in 1917. He began drawing as a boy, receiving extensive encouragement from the Des Moines Register and Tribune ís great cartoonist Ding Darling. Drafted in the U.S. Army in 1941, Artley met and married Ginny, a WAC technician who shared the joy of raising four children with him. His career as an editorial cartoonist began at the Des Moines Register and continued at the Worthington (Minn.) Daily Globe , where he developed his syndicated cartoon series Memories of a Former Kid . He is the author of ten books.

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