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