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Daddy Played Music for the Cows Hardcover – September, 1995


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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
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; First Edition edition (September 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688100570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688100575
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,767,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 2000
Format: Library Binding
Daddy Played Music for the Cows is a perfect blend of writing and illustration. Both are warm, joyful, and inviting. Congratulations to Weidt and Sorenson for producing this genuine delight.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 2000
Format: Library Binding
If you grew up on a dairy farm, this is a great book to read to your kids! I related to this story completely, and when I shared this book with my sisters and old farm pals they wanted to know where they could get a copy. While city kids played in well manicured playgrounds and had a pet, the barn and cows were my playground and pets from the day I was born. In our barn, the radio was always playing - maybe not always music, but also baseball games, farm reports and Paul Harvey.
This book is great way to share your childhood with your own kids and also expose them to life growing up in the country.
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By Kindle Customer on October 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
Sometimes it was polkas, sometimes it was Sinatra, sometimes it was Elvis, and sometimes it was the Sons of the Pioneers. The music was different, but the experience, the memories, everything that this wonderful book brings to mind is appreciated. There are so few books that kids can read about family life on the farm -- this is a favorite at our house.
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