From School Library Journal
Grade 1-5?This joyous paean to cows and farm life is undergirded by constant music?cowboy songs and yodeling on the radio, the cooing of doves, and a child singing loudly and happily. Lush double-page spreads show the girl and her experiences spending time with her dad as she grows from babyhood to about 11. In the barn, richly evoked by watercolors in hues of ochre, mahogany, and gold, the Guernsey cows chew patiently while Daddy milks. This glimpse of a perhaps forgotten era, what with milking machines and the passing of playing cowgirls, nonetheless evokes the warmth and satisfaction of farm life and will strike a chord with some rural readers while showing urban readers why someone might love being where "...the air smelled of wet cows and steaming manure."?Susan Hepler, Alexandria City Public Schools, VA
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Ages 4^-8. Weidt has written a bit of nostalgia that depicts the early years of a little girl's growing up on a dairy farm, where her "Daddy played music for the cows." The illustrations, which reflect the girl's growth from infant to toddler to school-age child, show her being squirted with warm milk, watching the hens lay eggs, and learning how to yodel along with the cowgirls on the radio. Double-page spreads with boxed text make this appropriate for groups, but the nostalgic tone of the language and the slow pace will appeal more to older children. Sorensen's paintings are bathed in a golden glow, filling the barn with constant sunlight. A good springboard for discussion of family history and the idea of preserving memories in a journal. Janice Del Negro