Mrs. Wow Never Wanted A Cow

Mrs. Wow Never Wanted A Cow

by Martha Freeman, Steven Salerno
     
 

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When a cow unexpectedly shows up on Mrs. Wow’s lawn, her lazy dog and cat think they should teach her their chores, so they can rest. They find out that the cow is no good at catching mice or being a watchdog. But Mrs. Wow knows something the cow can do, and it makes the chores worth it! The funniest rhyming bovine Beginner Book since Mr. Brown Can

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When a cow unexpectedly shows up on Mrs. Wow’s lawn, her lazy dog and cat think they should teach her their chores, so they can rest. They find out that the cow is no good at catching mice or being a watchdog. But Mrs. Wow knows something the cow can do, and it makes the chores worth it! The funniest rhyming bovine Beginner Book since Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?

Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jennie DeGenaro
When Mrs. Wow finds a cow, she tries to shoo her away. The cow will not leave. Meow the cat is supposed to catch mice, but she prefers to sleep. Bow-Wow the dog is supposed to guard the house, but he wants to eat all day. When Bow-Wow and Meow see the cow, they decide to teach her to do their chores. But the cow will not learn to catch mice and guard the house. They decide the cow is useless—until Mrs. Wow tells them a cow could only eat grass and give milk. Mrs. Wow decides to let the cow eat the grass to save her from having to cut the grass. Then, Mrs. Wow milks the cow and makes ice cream. Bow-Wow and Meow love ice cream so they are happy to have the cow and so is Mrs. Wow. The illustrations are terrific and the story is humorous. Most beginning readers will want to read this amusing story over and over while enjoying the colorful illustrations.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-In this funny beginning reader, Mrs. Wow is mowing her lawn when she discovers a cow on it. Although she shoos it away, the animal will not leave. The woman's lazy dog and cat convince her to keep the animal and then attempt to train it to do their jobs, but the newcomer is a disaster at catching mice and guarding the house. Mrs. Wow finally finds two things that it can do-eat grass and give milk (which is later made into ice cream). The story ends happily with the cow mowing and the cat and dog doing "anything" for ice cream. The mostly one-syllable words with regular phonetic patterns are spare and natural, and Salerno's brightly colored cartoon illustrations amplify the text's humor.-Bobbee Pennington, Bryan Public Library, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This reader in the longstanding Beginner Books series marries trendily retro pictures and an amusing text. While mowing her lawn, apparent singleton Mrs. Wow encounters a grazing cow. Her cat, Meow, and dog, Bow-Wow, who prefer sleeping and eating to their chores, try to get the cow to catch mice and guard the house, with predictable results. "This cow is useless!" they cry. When Mrs. Wow explains to her "lazy crazy pets" that cows "can only do two things"-eat grass and give milk-she gets a brainstorm. And though she acquires two new chores herself (milking and hand-cranking ice cream), it's a fair exchange for an end to mowing, and a dog and cat thrilled to work for ice cream. Freeman misses a few chances for the textual symmetry so important to the format, but repeating phrases and a pleasant use of incidental rhyme fit the bill. Salerno's pictures channel erstwhile greats in the publisher's series-notably Roy McKie and P.D. Eastman-by way of Nickelodeon cartoons, and purple Bow-Wow owes a little something to Margaret Bloy Graham's Harry. Bright, painterly swathes of color add dynamism of their own, and bold black outline simplifies compositions appropriately for a beginning reader. A romp. (Easy reader. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375834189
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
06/27/2006
Series:
Beginner Books(R) Series
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
1,126,489
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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