Hunting the White Cow

Hunting the White Cow

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by Tres Seymour, Wendy Anderson Halperin

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A child watches as more and more people join in the attempts to catch the family cow that has gotten loose, each remarking on how special the cow is.


A child watches as more and more people join in the attempts to catch the family cow that has gotten loose, each remarking on how special the cow is.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Thanks to a deadpan delivery and a leisurely pace, this wry tale has all the markings of a good Southern yarn. ``Somewhere north of Priceville there's a white cow no one can catch,'' begins the narrator, who observes her father's (and various helpers') repeated attempts to bring the animal home. After each empty-handed return, the men gather on the porch, soaked or muddy or bruised, but filled with speculation about the elusive beast. Seymour's ( Pole Dog ) conversational tone and distinctive regional locutions lend the story sparkle: ``We never did see the white cow again for a month, but then Ollie Jarboe called and said, `Y'all's cow is in Horton's cornfield, eating like an old sow.' '' Halperin's muted colored pencil and watercolor illustrations are invitingly cluttered: the worn overalls, cow-pie-caked boots and cheerful disarray of the farmhouse echo the relaxed mood of the text. This flavorsome collaboration simmers till the very end. Seymour and Halperin generate just enough music and mystery to encourage many re-readings. Ages 4-7. (Sept.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-A young farm girl is able to do what the confident adults cannot- approach and catch an elusive white cow (well, almost). Each time the menfolk set out to look for the animal, the heroine asks, "`Can I come?,'" but the response is always the same: ``No, they'd be back in a few minutes.'' And each time, the animal leads them on a more prolonged, merrier-and messier-chase. Halperin's pale-toned pen-and-ink and watercolor pictures have an old-fashioned cast, with a rural setting in a comfortable, idyllic past. Oversized open spreads show rolling hills, with chicks and ducks, sheep and cows dotting the landscape. The scene in which the cow is captured, however briefly, is imbued with the shades of twilight and takes on an almost mystical quality. The text is spare and clean, accentuated with just the right amount of repetition and local color, while the illustrations fill in all of the very funny, telling, and fine-lined details. A perfect tale to pore over, to speculate about, and to read aloud again and again.- Trev Jones, School Library Journal
Stephanie Zvirin
Delicately colored, intricately detailed watercolor-and-pencil illustrations befit the mythical aura that gradually builds around the elusive beast at the heart of this good-humored tale. A white cow has gone wild in the countryside, and with delightful ingenuousness and folksy charm, a farm girl describes the laughable attempts of her father and the farmhand, and later her uncles and Papaw, "the best cow-caller in southern Kentucky," to capture it--and to excuse their repeated failures. Panoramic double-spread pictures, large enough for story-time sharing, introduce Seymour's cast of characters (including a very ordinary looking white cow) and set a rustic, peaceful scene. Strung across the bottom of the pages are smaller pictures, just right for sharing one-on-one. These embroider and expand events in the full-size artwork, while telling a sort of wordless picture story all their own. An exhilarating and funny yarn that children and grown-ups will find hard to resist.

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Scholastic, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
9.73(w) x 12.30(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Hunting the White Cow 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story kept the attention of not only the children but us adults as well. The challange of Hunting the White Cow, involved not only the immediate family member and hired help, but the extended male family members as well. Even the store keeper became involved in the adventure. Written in the first person, from a young girl's perspective, the white cow takes on an interesting persona and when the adventure continues, I wanted the cow to continue to be eluded. I loved the illustrations with the myriad of country life sketches on each page. There is more to teach (learn)here than just the words of the story. I found it a book to enjoy time after time when either reading it in the vanacular of the time and place of event or just searching each page of illustrations and discovering what I hadn't seen before.