The Silver Cow: A Welsh Tale

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From Wales comes this tale of young Huw, whose lilting harp music enchants Tylwyth Teg, the magic people of Bearded Lake.

From the depths of the black lake comes the gift of a beautiful silver cow; and the cow is magic, for its milk is three times as rich as the milk of an ordinary cow, and she gives three times as much.

Huw's father is a selfish and greedy man, and his wealth makes him greedier than ever. Huw...

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Overview

From Wales comes this tale of young Huw, whose lilting harp music enchants Tylwyth Teg, the magic people of Bearded Lake.

From the depths of the black lake comes the gift of a beautiful silver cow; and the cow is magic, for its milk is three times as rich as the milk of an ordinary cow, and she gives three times as much.

Huw's father is a selfish and greedy man, and his wealth makes him greedier than ever. Huw tries to make his father see the magic, but he scoffs at Tylwyth Teg...until they seek their revenge.

Told with a rhythm that evokes the Welsh language, Susan Cooper has brought new life to this ancient tale. Warwick Hutton's evocative illustrations capture the magic of this fateful story.

The father of a young Welsh boy gifted with a magic cow manages to destroy all the good things the cow has brought to their lives.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In PW 's words, ``A greedy man favored by fate loses all when he shows disrespect for that which caused his good fortune in the first place. Hutton's lovely, delicate watercolors are dominated by soft blues and greens, evoking the lush countryside of Wales.'' Ages 5-8. Sept.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689715129
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 9/30/1991
  • Edition description: 1st Aladdin Books ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,461,688
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: AD750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.09 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Cooper is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. Her classic five-book fantasy sequence The Dark Is Rising won the Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor and has sold millions of copies worldwide. She is also the author of Victory, a Booklist Top Ten Historical Fiction for Youth book and a Washington Post Top Ten for Children novel; King of Shadows, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor book; The Boggart; Seaward; Ghost Hawk; and many other acclaimed novels for young readers and listeners. She lives in Massachusetts, and you can visit her online at TheLostLand.com.

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Once upon a time, high in the green hills of Wales, there lived a farmer named Gwilym Hughes. His small stone farmhouse was bleak and lonely, and his black cattle wandered the mountain.

Not far from his farm was a lake, up on a ledge of the mountain where you would not expect a lake to be. Today it is called Llyn Barfog in English, "the bearded lake" because of the starry white waterlilies that fringe its dark water. But the water-lilies were not there then.

Gwilym Hughes was a man with a heart as small and mean as his beady black eyes. Every day of the year he sent his small son Huw out to look after the cattle. Huw would rather have gone to school, like the boys in the village below the mountain, but Gwilym Hughes would have none of that. "I am a poor man," he said. "My son must work."

He would not even let Huw take his harp to the pasture, to make music while he watched the cows. "Do you want the cows dancing off the mountain?" he said. "I'm a poor man. It is milk for the market we need, not music in the empty air."

But every now and again, when his father was not looking, Huw would take his harp with him under his arm. Bronwen his mother noticed, but she said nothing. She only shook her head and smiled sadly, and gave him a hug.

Up on the mountain alone, Huw played his harp beside the lake, while the black Welsh cattle chewed away at the grass and paid him no attention. But suddenly one day he knew that somebody was listening, and he looked up from his music and saw a strange shining cow, looking at him from deep brown eyes.

Copyright © 1983 by Susan Cooper

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2000

    New telling of an old tale

    The Silver Cow by Susan Cooper is a lovely retelling of an old Welsh story that I had never heard before. The character Huw engages the sympathies of the reader and gives the story a nice direction. The illustrations are likewise engaging and I love the different perspectives used. My children liked this almost as much as I did!

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