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There's a Cow in the Road! Hardcover – August 1, 1993

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From Publishers Weekly

Lindbergh's ( The Day the Goose Got Loose ) breezy rhyme describes early-morning commotion just outside a girl's window: "There's a cow in the road! / And it sure is a shock / When I first wake up / At seven o'clock"). With just enough repetition to encourage young listeners to chime in, the verse tells how the cow is joined by a goat, then a sheep and so on until six antic animals become a "crowd in the road" and create some good-natured chaos. Pearson's pen-and-ink and watercolor pictures both contain engaging details (toys stashed under a bed; the amazed expressions of passers-by) and chronicle droll doings not mentioned in the text (a baby in a highchair flings cereal onto the family dog; the goat nonchalantly chews the contents of an unsuspecting paperboy's bag and later nibbles on the narrator's homework). The result is a great deal of kid-pleasing, between-the-lines action. Ages 4-7.
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``...She's a big one too,/Browsing on blossoms/Drenched with dew.'' In spritely verse, a child getting ready for school reports the drama accumulating outside her Vermont farmhouse window: traffic halts, minutes pass, and more animals congregate- -plus a paperboy treed by ``...a goat in the road! At the edge of our drive/As I pull on my socks/At seven-oh-five.'' By the time the school bus comes at ``seven forty-four,'' there are half a dozen noisy, friendly creatures waiting with the kids. The cadence propels the verse like a well-oiled ticking clock, while Pearson's dancing lines and effervescent watercolors embroider the humor at every turn, from a heap of toy animals on the little girl's bed--as numerous as those outdoors--to the cheerful crowd waving goodbye at the end. A joyous, comical pacesetter for a busy morning. (Picture book. 4-7) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; 1st edition (August 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803713355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803713352
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #848,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carter L. Wiecking on September 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is a hit in our household! The illustrations tell several stories at once (keep an eye on the cat, who keeps wanting to go out when she's in, and in when she's out) and provide a rich subtext to the main story. The text itself is engaging on so many levels...the rhymes, the diction, the repetition, the animal sounds, not to mention the way it portrays a hectic and not-entirely-normal school-day morning in a New England household.
My husband and I have read this over and over with our son since he was 2 years old. He's now almost 5 and we all still love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dilana Dunn on June 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have read this wonderful book many many times to my 2 year old grandson. I finish reading it and he wants it read again. We are on our 6th week of checking it out at the library. I will probably purchase this book. The words flow like a song and he is getting to the point where when it says "the cow looked at me and the cow said ___" he fills in the "moo" part. The illustrations are equally as good. There is so much detail and objects to see that it takes many readings to take note of all of the details. I enjoy reading it as much as he enjoys listening. We are currently searching for other books by this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Predictable repetitive rhyming text begs for a child to participate. Large colorful illustrations hint provide hints for what comes next. A great book for the younger set, not to mention a little humor for the adult reader.
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By David Todd on August 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My wife picked up this book, and I pulled it out of the stack recently when our four year old grandson was with us. What a delightful book! Both he and I loved it. He kept looking at me after I read a page, in obvious delight. I found that, on the first reading, I was able to read it as poetry with proper attention to the meter. That really added to the book.

As others have written, the illustrations enhance the words, as the different animals gather in the road. Words and illustrations work together to show the morning before school. This is a quality book in all its facets.

That first session I read it to him three times, to make sure I was doing it right. Then we read it every night he stayed with us. It will be a regular on his visits.
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I started reading this to my first child when he was little and followed up with his younger sister and brother. Now that they are in high school and have outgrown it, I have carefully put it in safe keeping so that I can read it to my future grandchildren. This is without a doubt my favorite childrens book. The rhyming text keeps younger readers attention and incourages participation. The illustrations are very clever and add to the enjoyment of the book. It is a book that will be read over and over again, much to the delight of all. I highly recommend this book!
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I have read There's a Cow In the Road to my son at bed time almost every night since he was a toddler. He wanted to get another copy to give to his school library so that other kids could read it too. I ordered this one and it's condition was even better than I expected. The school librarian was thrilled to get it and my son is very happy.
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By L. Lucas on October 1, 2011
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Love this book. My not quite 3 yr old picked it out at the library and loved it sooooo much that we read it many times a day and soon decided we should just get our own copy for home! It is fun to read as there is a delightful cadence to the story and I pause every time after "and the cow said" and my son loves to fill in "moo!"
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