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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 360L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (January 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061372951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061372957
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marjorie the cow feels just plain ordinary. She wishes she could ride bicycles and do handstands like the other cows, so the cunning chickens hatch a plan to help her out. The next morning, there’s an almighty commotion in the barnyard; Marjorie has laid an egg. The other cows are convinced it’s a trick—until Marjorie’s egg cracks open and the newly hatched chick bellows  “Moo.” This is a great comic take on the Ugly Duckling tale, with double-page spreads in ink, watercolor, and pencil showing comical farm creatures and humans, who are every bit as ridiculous as the animals. The fun is in the details, especially the black Holstein-like patches on Marjorie’s egg. Preschool-Grade 2. --Hazel Rochman

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Praise for The Cow That Laid an Egg: 'The Cow That Laid an Egg... had me in stitches. More than just a silly story about a cow who thinks she's laid an egg, there's something deeper here about the idea of family, but it's so integral to the story that you don't feel as thought you've been hit over the head with the sledgehammer of worthiness.' The Bookseller "A Charming, comical tale." Starred Editor's Choice Junior 'A wonderfully madcap story with wacky illustrations.' Nursery World 'Children will love the sheer craziness of this story, and Russell Ayto's spectacular illustrations are the perfect accompaniment.' Alison Green (for Child Education Praise for 'The Witch's Children', illustrated by Russell Ayto: 'This book has been wonderfully designed and the text is in perfect harmony with the incredible funny illustrations' Booktrust Best Books Guide --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Colorful pictures and witty wording adds to the appeal!
Monica Dukelow
The illustrations are great, and even though the story is more for an older age group I read it with my toddler and she loves the pictures.
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And the ending, when the egg finally hatches, will "crack" you up!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ReadItDiva on June 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
A cow that lays an egg? We picked this book up because of the silly title alone. The illustrations are a riot (like the page showing cows riding bicycles and doing handstands)! Somehow Marjorie the cow lays a egg, spotted mysteriously black & white just like a Holstein cow. The other cows are suspicious. The chickens ain't talkin'. The farmer hams it up in front of the news media. Sure, it's the Scam of the Century, but it's a great story about friends (The chickens) helping out a friend (Marjorie) when she was feeling low. And the ending, when the egg finally hatches, will "crack" you up!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Jackson on February 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I enjoyed reading this book to my 4 yr old daughter who enjoyed it too. Very bright photos. Not a rocket science book, just entertaining and fun bright photos.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anolani on October 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
We just got brought this home from the library today. I picked it simply because of the colorful cover and I figured my 3 and 4 year old would find a cow laying an egg entertaining.

We read the story and got so much more. Here is the run down: the cow feels badly because she can't do some of the things the other cows can. The chickens notice her sadness and hatch a plot. She wakes up and has mysteriously laid an egg. The other cows get jealous and when the egg hatches they proclaim she didn't lay the egg and that a chicken has hatched. But the little chick says "MOOO."

The illustrations are hilarious and the story is touching. Having an adopted child- I reread the story with an emphasis on an adoption theme- pointing out the love the cow had for the egg, how she took it for walks and protected it. And that even though the cow did not grow her baby in her tummy the way other cows do (theres no mention of this in the story- its just something I added) she clearly loves her baby. And the baby knows her mama from the moment she hatches.

This is a great way tool to help younger children understand adoption. For both adoptive families and non-adoptive families.

I love this book so much I will be purchasing it in hardcover- and I felt compelled to write a review immediately!
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Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book to use in my theater class. It was recommended to me by another teacher. The first time I read it, I thought it was cute and nothing more, but the more I used it in class, the more I grew to love it.
First of all, the kids adore it. I also noticed this was a great choice to help the kids as they learn to predict what is going to happen next. For dramatizing, the book offers a lot of opportunities to portray different types of creatures, and we were able to give several lines of dialogue to everyone.
The artwork is fun and quirky. The kids commented a lot on the drawings.
The story itself is fun and provides a lot of opportunity to talk about such subjects as feeling special, inclusion, friendship, etc. But it is definitely NOT heavy-handed at ALL.
The ending will make your kids laugh and they will want to read it again and again.
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Format: Hardcover
Marjorie the cow doesn't feel special. She can't ride a bike like the other cows. ("Cows can't ride bikes!" said the child on my lap.) The barnyard chickens hatched up a plan, and the next morning, Marjorie announced that she had laid an egg. ("Cows don"t lay eggs!" said the child in my lap.) Suddenly, with the appearance of the egg, Marjorie was special. But what will happen when the egg hatches?

A hilarious picture book for ages 3-7 -- and fun for the adult reader, too!
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Format: Hardcover
We picked this book up from the library and we really enjoy it. Great new words (astonished, cunning) that my 4yo son is not used to hearing/using. Great colors and pictures. Fun story. It's one of the few books that he wants me to read to him every night. I'm not on Amazon looking to buy it and others from the same author :)
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