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Grady's in the Silo

Grady's in the Silo

by Una Belle Townsend, Bob Artley (Illustrator), Yolanda Powell (Joint Author)

Grady is a Hereford cow who gets herself mysteriously stuck in a silo. What follows is a wonderfully entertaining look into an unexpected situation that needs help from around the world to be solved.


Grady is a Hereford cow who gets herself mysteriously stuck in a silo. What follows is a wonderfully entertaining look into an unexpected situation that needs help from around the world to be solved.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.

Product Details

Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
AD710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Una Belle Townsend has been an elementary-school teacher for more than twenty years. She graduated from East Texas Baptist College and acquired her master’s degree in elementary education at Stephen F. Austin State University. She has received many local honors for her short stories and poetry. Her other works include The Oklahoma Land Run and The Great Elephant Escape. She has lived in Yukon for more than twenty-five years.

Bob Artley (1917-2011) was the celebrated illustrator of more than ten books. His career began more than fifty years ago as an editorial cartoonist. He spent most of his time with the Des Moines Tribune and the Worthington (Minnesota) Daily Globe. In retirement, he devoted most of his time to children’s books. He wrote and illustrated Once Upon a Farm, Memories of a Farm Kitchen, Christmas on the Farm, Living With Pigs, and Step Up!, also published by Pelican.

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