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The Cow in Patrick O'Shanahan's Kitchen Hardcover – November 25, 2013
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- "A gentle introduction to food origins." - Robin Shreeves, Mother Nature Network
- "A must-read for families interested in responsible farming and food production." -Farm Progress
- "A feast for the five senses, The Cow in Patrick O'Shanahan's Kitchen describes in fantastically imaginative style where food for a special breakfast really comes from." - Midwest Book Reviews
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- "A charming, not-icky-at-all introduction to the question, "where does this food come from?" And no, the answer is not, 'the supermarket.'" - Liz Gumbinner, Editor-in-Chief, Cool Mom Picks
- "I'd put it up on the bookshelf with Goodnight Moon. If only the chickens did dishes!" - Ginny Wolfe, Senior Director, Strategic Relationships, The ONE Campaign
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I've got a five-year-old grandson who lives in The Big City (NYC). I live in Iowa. We talk. We read books. We're gonna read this book together!
The book itself is delightfully comical (how would YOU react to a cow in the kitchen??) -- but the book's punchline is sheer genius. Seriously. Hmm. How do we talk to kids about meat? And -- will there be another Patrick book? Here's hoping!
My only complaint is that I was not able to download the audio version. You have to sign up for the kite readers service, then I was able to hear it once but not download it to my iPad. Directions not that great. Kept asking me to sign up again (I already did!) Decided it wasn't worth it and will not use kite readers in the future.
The boy has stumbled sleepily in to the kitchen to find his dad making French toast and a cow in the kitchen! He is ecstatic about the new breakfast but is confused about his dad completely ignoring not only the cow but other animals in the kitchen. As his dad asks him to fetch different ingredients, he starts to become aware of how the animals help in producing the food. He is able to use his ingenuity to adapt in the making of the special breakfast, while taking an educational journey of his own. Although skeptical at first, Patrick's curiosity wins as he allows the animals to teach in their most unusual ways.
The story is told by the illustrations as much as the words, in a comical and endearing way. I found myself laughing out loud as I read along.The spirit of fun carries the book through as it teaches children about the sources of their food. The art is well chosen for this story line, drawn in innocence with an air of continuous humor.The ending of the story leaves the reader with a clear message delivered in just the right way.
This is a charming book overall that many children will enjoy.