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Sakes Alive! A Cattle Drive Hardcover – July 6, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (July 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316988413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316988414
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,268,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K–The words cattle drive have new meaning as clever cows Mabel and Molly sneak Farmer's keys from his back pocket to take the truck for a quick spin. They can't read stop signs, have never heard a police siren, and don't know what flashing lights mean or where to find the brake pedal. Chickens and hay bales fly, police give chase, and the mayor shakes his fists in frustration. These cows do make a festive sight with the debris from their close encounter with the mayor's prize flowerbeds filling the streets in ‘the best parade we've ever seen!' They are celebrities. The people wanted autographs,/but cows, of course, can't spell./They stamped their hooves in pads of ink,/which worked out rather well. A repeated Sakes alive! refrain and rhyming couplets frame the text, illustrated with cartoon figures in pastel acrylics. Beware these crafty farm animals–the horses are now asking to drive. Welcome silliness in any library.–Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX
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K-Gr. 3. Lose the lassoes, trade the horses for a truck, and switch cowboys for cows and cattle drive takes on comical new meaning. When cow culprits Molly and Mabel steal Farmer's keys, unlock his truck, and zoom away to town, Farmer shouts, "Sakes alive! They're on a cattle drive!" The bovine joyride moves into full gear as Mabel and Molly speed through a stop sign, narrowly missing the sheriff's car, and sideswipe the mayor's flowerbed before whipping into town chased by a parade of police cars. Breezy acrylic illustrations of roundish-faced characters with black-dot eyes bounce along the roadway accompanied by zippy rhymes that zing with humor; there's even a clever salute to Peggy Rathmann's Officer Buckle and Gloria (1995). This has the barnyard insouciance of Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin's Click, Clack, Moo (2000), and an ending that perfectly sets the next escapade: Have you ever seen horses drive? Julie Cummins
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My three year old and I love this book.
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It is great fun if you read each of the "Sakes Alive..." sentences with some flair.
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A book well worth enjoying with your young children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kim Peek on September 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
What happens when the cows sneak up behind Farmer and steal his keys? They go on a cattle drive, of course! A beautifully-illustrated, perfectly-rhyming tale with all the hilarious twists and turns expected in a Karma Wilson book. Full of vivid word pictures and fun plays on words, everyone will want to drive-just remember to remind your toddler that it's not okay to joyride!

Readers will also enjoy Wilson's Hilda Must Be Dancing and Never, Ever Shout in a Zoo.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pooh_Ma on December 1, 2007
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We have several of Karma Wilson's books and this one is one of her best. My 6 1/2 year old son isn't a reader and it is tough to find books that he enjoys, but he loves this book. We take turns acting out different sections and doing funny voices for the different characters. My 2 year old daughter asks for it too and I find myself reading it over and over to them. My favorite part is that I enjoy reading it over and over again. It is very cute and very fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on February 23, 2006
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"Sakes Alive! A Cattle Drive" is the 3rd book I have purchased by Karma Wilson. We also have "Bear Wants More" and "A Frog in a Bog", which are both favorites of my 19 month old son. I have found all 3 of these books to be witty and fun (which makes reading them over and over a lot easier!). "Sakes Alive!" is about cows that steal the farmer's keys and drive into town (hence "A Cattle Drive"). It is amusing and the illustrations are colorful. My son and I recommend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Robertson on August 20, 2006
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Our family loves this book, about two crazy cows who steal farmer's keys and drive off to town. The illustrations are great, and we love the rhyming-it makes it so easy for my 3 year old daughter to "read" along with me when she sees the pictures. I bought extra copies to give to friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. C. C. on May 10, 2009
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fun book - 3 yr old loves cows! Laughs out loud when I shout the words - "Sakes Alive..." Am a fan of Karma Wilson books. Funny and enjoyable story.
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Our kids LOVE this book! The rhyming words are amusing and the illustrations superb. Two cows, Molly and Mabel, steal Farmer's keys and head to town. On their way they meet the sheriff going the other way!

"Sakes alive! We've got to stop this cattle drive!" His deputy (a dog) said, "Are you sure? Since when do cattle drive?" Sheriff yelled, "Well these ones can. They're going eighty-five!"

After decorating the car with flowers from the mayor's flowerbed, the cows continue on and the townsfolk think it is a parade. Great excitement! Not going to spoil the ending but it is funny!

A book well worth enjoying with your young children.
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By L. Mclain on November 8, 2005
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This book is so much more interesting and fun to read then many out there. The story is funny and the rhyming makes it even better. It is great fun if you read each of the "Sakes Alive..." sentences with some flair. This is one of my 2 1/2 year old son's favorite books. He likes me to read it over and over and I actually don't mind it with this one! I ordered a few more of this authors books (Frogs Bog, The Bear Snores On) and they are ok but this one is her best. A friend suggested Fleas Sneeze by the same illustrator. This book has become a standard gift to my son's friends.
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By L. Marshall on February 21, 2006
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My daughter (2 1/2) is a huge fan of Karma Wilson books! This one is no exception. It's a fun read, it's the perfect length, and the illustrations in it are fun and colorful for the kids to look at. This has quickly become a huge favorite in this house. If you like this book, you'd love, "Hilda Must be Dancing", "Bear Wants More", "Bears First Christmas". There are all must have books in our kids library at home.
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My life is a series of lessons and moments that see me to the next lessons and moments. Some moments are sweet, some scary, some a blur gone too fast and forever missed. I write for children because all of these steps started there, in childhood, and that sense of wonder, keen curiosity, and the ability to see things much kinder and more magical than they actually were, fades as time passes and years and experience claim your naivety. For me it is a feeling only rekindled when I am creating books, stories and poetry.

My children, family and friends are a great inspiration to me, and the support of my readers is a tremendous honor. It is always my desire to entertain children and encourage them to think about and explore their world, and the worlds beyond, embrace creativity, and love learning for the duration of their life. Knowledge comes through words, so for me literacy is the foundation of education, and it bears the fruit of intelligent and empathetic citizens of this world and humanity.

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