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How Now, Brown Cow? Library Binding – September 1, 1994


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From Publishers Weekly

Like a vaudeville show with nary a weak act, Shertle's (William and Grandpa) collection of poems about cows abounds with tongue-in-cheek spoofs, verbal acrobatics and lyrical songs that are aptly illustrated by debut artist Schaffer's wry cast of brown and purple cows. With understated grace, "Shelter" describes a cow moving "heavily toward sheltering/ aspen.../ At dawn/ a newborn calf/ follows closely at her/ side, his small hooves denting the wet/ prairie." In "Taradiddle," Shertle tells of a cow who, after a famous adventure, "never tried/ to jump again,/ but gazed for hours at the moon." In "April 1," she imagines a day when "the sun/ came up wearing/ a mustache" and a "frisky white [cow] gave vanilla/ milk shakes." With wide-brushed oil paintings, Schaffer is deft at showing both the beauty of milking time (when a cow's "jaws move, chewing/ the good grain, blowing clouds/ of warm breath into the melting/ morning") and the humor of a bespectacled schoolmarm cow teaching calves the difference between the words "cow" and "bough," "moo" and "through." By turns funny and tender, cheeky and thoughtful, this collection turns an unlikely subject into Grade A fare. All ages.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 6?This pleasant pairing of poetry and accompanying illustrations looks at cows from many perspectives. The 15 selections vary in style and character. Some are humorous, playing with the word "moo" for example, while others present various interpretations of a cow's-eye view of the world. The bold paintings in broad strokes of bright fauvist colors capture the many moods of the verses. Some convey the cows' gentle dignity while others are affectionately amusing, as in the portrait of just a snout, tongue, ears, and eyes gazing longingly through two slats of a fence at the "greener grass" on the other side. These cows are most appealing, from the one who yearns for the greener grass to the enigmatic star of "Taradiddle," depicted gazing for hours at the moon, which, however, "She never tried/to jump again." The book will probably be most useful in the classroom. Not an essential purchase, but fun.?Sue Norris, Rye Free Reading Room, NY
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Browndeer Pr; 1st edition (September 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152766480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152766481
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 10.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #921,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cindy DeJulio on March 31, 2000
Format: Library Binding
This book is a joyous read of rythmic rhyme through poetry. The illustrations are deliciosly realistic with a touch of sparkle. I recommend this book for every educator. And parents, your little ones will love the animals and will chime in with the rhyme.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alton R. on April 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
I thought this this book was an exemplary piece of children's literature. I remember hearing this story as a kid myself, and I think that children everywhere can be touched with this story in the same way that I was. Enough said.
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Format: Paperback
It is simply criminal for this book to be out of print. I'm so sad that I didn't discover it until just recently; I would have worn the pages out reading this book to my boys! Alice Schertle's charming poems and Amanda Schaffer's illustrations make this one of my alltime favorite children's books. How can you not love this:"...I flick my tail,as I stately stand, at a fool of a fly who has dared to land on the royal rump of a bull so grand--."

Moms and dads, track this one down wherever you can--or write Browndeer Press and beg them for a new edition. How Now, Brown Cow? belongs in every child's bookcase.
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By Abuela on May 27, 2014
Format: Library Binding Verified Purchase
This was a nice book......but not the one for which I was searching so, regrettably I had to return it upon receipt.
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