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You Can't Milk a Dancing Cow Hardcover – May 3, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Tanglewood Press; 1St Edition edition (May 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974930334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974930336
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #772,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreSchool-Grade 1–Once she has made enough clothing for her husband, Farmer Picket's wife turns her attention to the animals. She sews raincoats for the cows, and they are so happy, they refused to come inside to be milked. Throughout the year, Mrs. Picket makes hats for the chickens, flannel pajamas for the rooster, snowsuits for the pigs, and Hawaiian outfits for the horses, all with detrimental results as far as her husband is concerned. When the woman's sewing machine breaks down and can not be repaired, the farmer buys her a computer. Mrs. Picket uses it to create more clothing designs for animals, which she then sells to other farms. The book, which begins with an intriguing title and an engaging cover, turns into a silly, hollow product with adult concerns. The stylized artwork features exaggerated, pop-eyed characters throughout; instead of being amusing, they are at times grotesque and scary. Libraries should reserve funds for more appealing, kid-focused stories.–Rebecca Sheridan, Easttown Library & Information Center, Berwyn, PA
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Grandma read me the funny book.
Suzanne Hebb
Children will read about Farmer Picket's wife pursuing her passion of sewing.
Tracy Foote
Brian Jones' illustrations are excellent and lighthearted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on November 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My children love "silly," and so they will most likely enjoy You Can't Milk a Dancing Cow by Tom Dunsmuir and illustrated by Brian T. Jones. Dusmuir has authored three previous books and written for Sesame Street and The Electric Company.

Farmer Picket has a BIG problem! His wife has a new sewing machine and she's dressing Mr. Picket AND the barnyard animals. The problem is: the cows have new raincoats so they won't come in to be milked, the chickens are showing off their new bonnets and forget to lay eggs--and everyone oversleeps because the rooster didn't crow because he's sleeping snugly in his new flannel pajamas and cap.

Things have to change so when the sewing machine breaks, Farmer Picket is happy. Mrs. Picket merely turns her entrepreneurial talents elsewhere.

This is a fun and silly look at farm life and farm animals. The illustrations are whimsical, colorful and inviting.

Armchair Interviews says: Laugh with you children as you read about barnyard animals dressing up in You Can't Milk a Dancing Cow. I did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
When Mrs. Picket says, "I have an idea", you never know what's coming next! She made the cows raincoats with her new sewing machine and now they won't come into the barn to be milked. The chickens are too busy promenading around the barnyard in their new bonnets and sunglasses to lay eggs. And how is a rooster supposed to wake up early when he's so cozy in his new flannel pajamas and cap! These and other dilemmas Mrs. Picket creates for Farmer Picket when she begins creating animal fashions will leave children laughing out loud! Tom Dunsmuir wrote "You Can't Milk A Dancing Cow" for young readers ages 4 to 8. Enhanced with Brian Jones' energetic and memorable illustrations, this original and highly recommended picturebook story will be read over and over again by generations of new and appreciative young readers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John A. Foster on October 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
It should come as no surprise that everything about Mr. Dunsmuir's "You Can't Milk A Dancing Cow" is a child's delight--the writing, Brian Jones' illustrations, and, of course, the captivating idea behind it, viz: be wary of dressing-up animals, for strange things can happen to them. After all, the author is an Emmy -award winning writer for his work on both "Sesame Street" and "The Electric Company," and the author of three other children's books. If you know children who love animals, buy this book for them and become an instant hero.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Caite Chappel on November 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Brian T. Jones has made Mr. Dunsuir's very amusing tale of life on a not-so-usual farm come to life. Every page is filled with lively and comical characters...and kids will have a blast discovering extra wacky goings-on on every page. Mr. Jones and Mr. Dunsmuir share a view of life and humor. Sweet and tangy with a twist. Good fun...good art!
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