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What a Wonderful Day to Be a Cow

What a Wonderful Day to Be a Cow

by Carolyn Lesser, Melissa Bay Mathis (Illustrator)

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Now in Dragonfly—here is a glowing picture-book celebration of farm life.

A Time magazine Top 10 Best Children's Book of the Year.


Now in Dragonfly—here is a glowing picture-book celebration of farm life.

A Time magazine Top 10 Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
This is not a tale of cows, per se, but of the passage of the seasons using a farm as a backdrop. Full-page paintings illustrate the rich words of the text, traversing each month and the activities of the farm and the animals. An appealing and informative book.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2This enormously appealing concept book guides readers through the 12 months on a farm. It's also a prose poem, using repeated phrases that even youngest children will quickly echo. What sets it apart from the crowd is the surprisingly fresh language that Lesser employs to describe rather ordinary picture-book subjects: kittens sleep ``in a purring heap,'' bluebird babies are born ``in a tree of flowers, a garden in the sky,'' chicks rush away in ``a stampede of yellow fluff,'' etc. In addition, a few unusual animals often living around farmsbarn swallows, red-tailed hawks, and cricketsare included. Mathis enhances the story with evocative paintings. She uses vibrant colors and interesting perspectives across the mostly double-page spreads, and exhibits noteworthy skill with light. The concluding pages are breathtaking, with their vivid imagery in both word and art: ``The barn is a sturdy ship sailing on billows of snow, keeping the animals warm and snug and safe until spring.'' There should be a place in most collections for this treasure.Lee Bock, Brown County Public Libraries, Green Bay, WI
Lauren Peterson
Two popular preschool and early-grade themes--barnyard animals and the months of the year--are nicely interwoven in a charming look at life on the farm. As the January wind howls, a shaggy farm dog "leaps and rolls in the snowdrifts like a circus acrobat." April showers may bring May flowers, but on the farm, they wake up a pile of pigs, who delight in the oozing mud. A choir of crickets "fill the sizzling air with summer songs" on a hot August night, but in September, the mice are already collecting seeds and grain for the long winter ahead. Strong, active language, with metaphors and similes, is used to great effect, and detailed, realistic drawings convey the seasonal theme while accurately depicting a wide assortment of barnyard creatures.

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Random House Children's Books
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5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Carolyn Lesser lives in Quincy, Illinois.

Melissa Bay Mathis lives in Berkely, California.

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