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From the soulful-eyed bovine on the front cover to the cowhide endpapers, Fletcher and Root celebrate the true story of a cow who accompanied her owner to the Civil War, providing much needed nourishment (in milk) and comfort. Fletcher, known for her books for older readers, strikes exactly the right note here for a younger audience, not easy in a work that must address war and death. The simple, country-tinged, first-person narrative flows easily, and Root's pencil-and-watercolor illustrations convey the confusion and pain of battle while tempering grim reality with the comic relief of the ever-present cow. Two refrains run through the text: "dadblamed cow" and moo, and children will enjoy this repetitive device. Fletcher's well-constructed text makes this an excellent title to read aloud, and the book's large, detailed illustrations will work well in group settings. Carton, Debbie

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She just won't git! A Union army soldier can't shake his dadblamed cow in this uplifting tale based on a true story.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (June 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076362263X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763622633
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kemie Nix on November 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
When a young man joins the Union Army and marches south, his devoted cow marches with him. The cow refuses to leave him throughout the war and saves his life, both on bivouac and in the hospital, with her nourishing milk. The soldier hides his deep affection for her by constantly referring to her as, "Dadblamed Cow."

Based on a true story, this fictionalized soldier tells of his war experiences in the first person. The cow, however, is the wonderful star - despite her limited vocabulary. The artist captures both cow and man humorously, despite the severity of the setting. She has a positive genius for depicting a love-sick cow's expressions. This is the most wonderful cow EVER!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reba Clemens on August 12, 2007
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In the genre of stories about pets, this book takes a unusual look at this "dadblamed" cow, a constant companion, pet, of an Union Army soldier during the Civil war. There are delightful details - can you imagine a cow following the young man to the recruiting office? The story is based on true events, as reported in newspapers of the time, and it tells details of the sort of battles that were waged in the Civil War, from the viewpoint of the dadblamed cow. The reader is given a picture of this terrible war that is not so tragic as most accounts. It's an enjoyable book for the young and old alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christina Strauch on August 9, 2007
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I bought this on the strength of a review in the Wall St Journal and was happy I did. I thought my 6 year old godson would like it better than his 5 year old sister since it was about a cow going to war (uh oh, sexist stereotyping), but his sister likes it best. Dadblamed cow says MOO a lot in the book and she likes to say MOO right along with him. The language is 19th century slangy with a musical cadence to it. The contribution that dadblamed cow made to her buddies in the regiment, and her refusal to leave them behind is heartwarming.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grandma on April 21, 2014
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Cute book. I love that it is based on historical fact. Gives a different perspective on life in the Union Army. Good and quick service.
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By Ohioan on October 14, 2011
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This picture book is based on a true story of a soldier who took a cow to war with him, the Civil War. The cow is an inconvenience: it can't travel fast, it needs grass and food, it doesn't like gunfire, and it must be milked every day. But the cow is a great comfort, too, reminding the soldier and his fellow soldiers of home, of the normal life they have left behind, but hope to return to. The cow gives them that hope.
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