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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1st - 3rd
  • Lexile Measure: 430L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (August 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761456848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761456841
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 9.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 2–Effie wants to go to the state fair. "She dreamed of being beautiful, of billowing blue ribbons and big, bodacious barns." Her friend Petunia Pig helps her prepare for the big day. Effie is told she needs to get in shape, curl her hair, change her spots, paint her hooves, glue on a fake tail, and change her walk. The cow is not totally convinced all this is necessary, but goes along with the transformation. When she gets to the fair, she sees all the other cows and thinks they are more beautiful than even her new, improved self. She is disheartened, and on the long walk to the show barn she reverts to her old habits, such as frolicking in the breeze (messes the hair), eating grass (turns teeth green), and drinking from the pond (bloats the belly). Soon her makeover is undone. Despite that, Effie returns home sporting a blue ribbon for Best Milk. The acrylic on paper illustrations are large, bright, and humorous. The animals' faces are quite expressive, clearly showing the personalities of the snooty cows and the overeager pig. This book will work well for storytimes about barnyard antics and for those always-be-yourself lessons. Besides that, it's just plain fun.Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
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From Booklist

Effie the cow loves life on her farm, but she also dreams of being a beautiful state-fair prizewinner, and she decides that she needs a makeover. Her friend Petunia the pig helps by putting giant rollers in Effie’s fur and painting her four big hooves bright red. But after Effie gets to the fair and sees all the snooty, glamorous competitors, she feels sick to all four parts of her stomach, and she returns to her old messy grazing habits. A surprise comes in the end when she does get a blue ribbon after all, for “Best Milk.” The bright, cartoon-style acrylic artwork combines many scenes on each page, and children will enjoy all the hilarious scenarios: Petunia with a hairdryer; Effie working out on a treadmill and holding a flowered sunshade. The blend of farmyard and trendy beauty rituals is a winning combination, and some children may even get a few of the more sophisticated puns, including the publications Vanity State Fair and Cowsmo. Preschool-Grade 2. --Hazel Rochman

More About the Author

Leslie Helakoski grew up in south Louisiana. She is the author of Big Chickens (the Michigan Reads Picturebook for 2007, Great Lakes Great Books Award and a GLBA finalist) and Woolbur (a Book Sense pick for 2008, Florida Reading Assoc. Honor Book and nominee for state book awards in 9 states) Her other books include Big Chickens Fly the Coop, The Smushy Bus and most recently she authored and illustrated Fair Cow. See book trailers for her books, Fair Cow and Big Chickens at
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Customer Reviews

This is such a cute story with great illustrations, but it's the message that stole my heart.
Jlknorpp
This is a fun silly children story that reads aloud well (one of the biggest needs for any children's story book).
M. Wolf
When Effie wants to become a State Fair Cow, Petunia the pig shows her all of her best beauty tricks.
Alex S

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Postelli VINE VOICE on August 16, 2013
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For some reason, forgotten in time, my niece and I have been fascinated by cows and cow stories. This one is very easy to read, entertaining and has wonderful illustrations. Since we got it, it has become my niece's favorite book. Most nights she spends with me, either I read it to her or she reads it to me! I highly recommend this book for children probably up to about age 7 or so. They will love to hear/read about Effie's fair dreams and adventures. They will love the bright, colorful illustrations (and so did I!!!)The language is appropriate for younger children. They will fall in love with Effie and her adventure!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Archer on September 7, 2010
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This is such a fun book! Petunia Pig is determined to help Effie get ready for the state fair competition. "...we have to get you in shape," she says. She 'fixes' Effie's hair, her hooves, her tail, and her walk. "Don't forget to smile," Petunia tells her. In the end, Effie just can't resist being herself. Great illustrations accompany the story that shows the importance of being true to who you are, and finding what is special about yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Rodriguez VINE VOICE on October 24, 2013
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My 2 and 4 year olds LOVE this book. It's about Effie, a farm cow who dreams of being a State Fair cow. Her pig friend, Petunia, makes her exercises, fixes her tail, hair, and hooves so she looks just perfect. When Effie arrives at the fair and sees all the "city cows" she gets nervous and ends up in the pasture which un-does all of the fix-ups from Petunia. Effie goes into the ring and serves the judges her milk and wins the blue ribbon just by being herself.

This story is cute! It has a good message about just being who you are. The pictures are fun, colorful, and interesting. The amount of words on each page is just perfect-I don't find myself rushing to read it faster b/c my kiddos are trying to turn the page out of boredom. Overall, this is a great little story!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paulybrooklyn VINE VOICE on August 26, 2013
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This is a morality tale that teaches kids to love themselves the way they are. Unfortunately, the story is quite thin and I did not find the illustrations or characters to be particularly interesting. My 2.5 year old was not engaged at all when I tried to read it to her, although she is admittedly a bit young for the story. The whole effort seemed a bit uninspired and generic.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Kennen on May 26, 2011
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Here is the story of a humble dairy cow who sets out to win a prize at the state fair. It's a perfect idea... except to do so, she has to change her hair, her tail, her hooves, her walk... basically, everything that makes her her. In the end, she figures out a way to stay true to herself AND stand out.

FAIR COW is a humour story with fun illustrations. But I don't think a young kid can really "get" this story without the proper context. Unless a kid has helped prep for a state fair (or, perhaps preferably, a beauty pageant) before, the story is just not going to land with its full potential. For instance, my daughter (age 4) has participated in two dance recitals and has SEEN many different animal competitions, but I don't think that was enough for her to completely appreciate what was going on in this story. She did laugh, but the book had the feel of a Disney movie: half the jokes are aimed at the adults, not the kids.
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By Zadie Jackson on May 30, 2014
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This book could easily be used in a class to teach self esteem. It is another example of Leslie's great writing for early elementary students.
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By L. Perry VINE VOICE on December 19, 2013
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Divine and hysterical, and surprisingly sweet and cute. I may never look at beauty pageants in the same way. The fair, as we probably all know, is the home of "pig shows" and "cow shows." Unknow that. No, those are actually pageants. So, pigs in pearls. Cows in curlers. It's bliss-tastic. Please buy this. If hate or love pageants, promote or mock them, it's doesn't matter: you need this.
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This is an easy reader book that will appeal to kids who enjoy cute animals. Effie the cow wants be a state fair prizewinner, and undertakes a training regimen guided by past winner Petunia Pig. She goes through a variety of cute training scenes, but ultimately ends up being herself.

The illustrations are cute, the characters are relatable, and the message is good. Two hooves up for Effie and Petunia!
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