When Cows Come Home for Christmas

When Cows Come Home for Christmas

by Dori Chaconas, Lynne Chapman
     
 

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The cows have come back to the family home, to be together around the Christmas tree. But while dancing the Cowpoke Polka, Moosha crashes through the floor! She is stuck, right in the only place the tree can go. Will Christmas even come this year?

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The cows have come back to the family home, to be together around the Christmas tree. But while dancing the Cowpoke Polka, Moosha crashes through the floor! She is stuck, right in the only place the tree can go. Will Christmas even come this year?

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Publishers Weekly
There's no place like home for the holidays, in Chaconas's (Christmas Mouseling, reviewed above) humorous tale, especially when home is a tiny abode crammed to the rafters with favorite relatives. Such is the merry mayhem for a boisterous bovine clan who gathers to sing, do the Cowpoke Polka and decorate. But when happy hoofer Moosha's hooves crash through the floor, she's rooted in the spot meant for the Christmas tree. Kids can guess what happens next-as Aunt Moosha launches a new family tradition. Bold pastels of dapper, dancing cows add celebratory zing. Ages 5-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Chapman's hilarious illustrations of kooky, wide-eyed cows carry this book as the family descends on one small home for Christmas. Many of us can identify with this verse: "The tiny house gets crowded—the relatives all there—a herd of uncles, cousins, aunts fills every bench and chair." Disaster strikes while the family dances the Cowpoke Polka—Moosha crashes through the floor and gets stuck. This is truly a disaster, not because Moosha is frozen in place, but because she happens to be in the place where the Christmas tree is usually installed. Many efforts to dislodge her fail, so the family improvises and decorates Moosha in situ, thus beginning a new family tradition. This silly, fun tale could serve as a starting point for a discussion of unique family traditions for the holiday season. 2005, Albert Whitman, Ages 3 to 8.
—Dr. Judy Rowen
Kirkus Reviews
Three amiable bovine sisters always hoof it back to the ranch each year for the holidays, only this year they have a little problem. One sister, Moosha from New York, was having such a good time dancing the Cowpoke Polka that she crashed through the floor with both back legs, right up to the hem of her bright pink dress. Moosha is stuck in the corner where the Christmas tree was to be set up, and the relatives couldn't free her, even with Pa's tractor. But these cows, like all farm folk, are an inventive bunch, so they decide to decorate Moosha as the Christmas tree, starting a new family tradition. The rollicking, rhyming text is full of fun and drama, but it's Chapman's illustrations that make the cows come to life with humorous expressions and outfits. Her cows all have their own personalities, right down to little cousin Dale, who hangs a golden star on Moosha's tail and solves the family's dilemma. (Picture book. 3-7)
From the Publisher

"A great choice for holiday storytimes."

School Library Journal

"Giddy, goofy fun."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807588772
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.38(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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