How Now, Brown Cow?

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“How/now,/brown/cow?/How’s it going?/Just stopped by-/heard you lowing . . . ./Lovely view/lovely weather/Good to have/this moo/together.” The humble cow is revealed in all her physical and philosophical splendor in this varied and charming poetry collection.

The humble cow is revealed in all her physical and philosophical splendor in this varied and charming poetry collection. Alice Schertle's interpretation of the inner workings of a cow's mind and heart and Amanda Schaffer's expressive oil ...

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Overview

“How/now,/brown/cow?/How’s it going?/Just stopped by-/heard you lowing . . . ./Lovely view/lovely weather/Good to have/this moo/together.” The humble cow is revealed in all her physical and philosophical splendor in this varied and charming poetry collection.

The humble cow is revealed in all her physical and philosophical splendor in this varied and charming poetry collection. Alice Schertle's interpretation of the inner workings of a cow's mind and heart and Amanda Schaffer's expressive oil paintings will charm readers of all ages. Full color.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like a vaudeville show with nary a weak act, Shertle's William and Grandpa collection of poems about cows abounds with tongue-in-cheek spoofs, verbal acrobatics and lyrical songs that are aptly illustrated by debut artist Schaffer's wry cast of brown and purple cows. With understated grace, ``Shelter'' describes a cow moving ``heavily toward sheltering/ aspen.../ At dawn/ a newborn calf/ follows closely at her/ side, his small hooves denting the wet/ prairie.'' In ``Taradiddle,'' Shertle tells of a cow who, after a famous adventure, ``never tried/ to jump again,/ but gazed for hours at the moon.'' In ``April 1,'' she imagines a day when ``the sun/ came up wearing/ a mustache'' and a ``frisky white [cow] gave vanilla/ milk shakes.'' With wide-brushed oil paintings, Schaffer is deft at showing both the beauty of milking time when a cow's ``jaws move, chewing/ the good grain, blowing clouds/ of warm breath into the melting/ morning'' and the humor of a bespectacled schoolmarm cow teaching calves the difference between the words ``cow'' and ``bough,'' ``moo'' and ``through.'' By turns funny and tender, cheeky and thoughtful, this collection turns an unlikely subject into Grade A fare. All ages. Sept.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Poetic bovines mill, moo, and ruminate in this unique collection of original poems. The vitality, humor, and imagery in the poems is matched by the terrific oil paintings, applied with thick brush strokes, giving the cows dimension and personality. Cows complain, "how unkind to keep me here/ When, over there, the grass is greener..." and as for that 'hey diddle cow,' "She never tried/ to jump again,/ but gazed for hours at the moon..."
School Library Journal
K-Gr 6-This pleasant pairing of poetry and accompanying illustrations looks at cows from many perspectives. The 15 selections vary in style and character. Some are humorous, playing with the word ``moo'' for example, while others present various interpretations of a cow's-eye view of the world. The bold paintings in broad strokes of bright fauvist colors capture the many moods of the verses. Some convey the cows' gentle dignity while others are affectionately amusing, as in the portrait of just a snout, tongue, ears, and eyes gazing longingly through two slats of a fence at the ``greener grass'' on the other side. These cows are most appealing, from the one who yearns for the greener grass to the enigmatic star of ``Taradiddle,'' depicted gazing for hours at the moon, which, however, ``She never tried/to jump again.'' The book will probably be most useful in the classroom. Not an essential purchase, but fun.-Sue Norris, Rye Free Reading Room, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152017064
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/15/1998
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.97 (w) x 9.93 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

ALICE SCHERTLE has written many well-loved books for children, including Little Blue Truck and Little Blue Truck Leads the Way . She lives in Plainfield, Massachusetts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2006

    HOw now, brown cow?

    How Now, Brown Cow? talks about the life of a cow. ¿How unkind to keep me here When, over there, the grass is greener.¿ The book lets you look into what the cow must be thinking. Can you even imagine a cows train of thought? This book is very humorous. I really enjoyed it. This is a poetry book. This would be good for grades 1-5. The author Alice Schertle was born in Los Angeles, California. She has written more than 25 children¿s book. Schertle actually sat in a pastor in the High Sierra and wrote these poems. Schertle, Alice. How Now, Brown Cow?. San Diego: Harcourt Brace & Company,1994.

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