When Cows Come Home

David L. Harrison, Author, Chris L. Demarest, Illustrator Boyds Mills Press $15.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-56397-143-3
Memorable stanzas and animated spreads jazz up this look at the silly things cows just might do when people stop paying attention to them. ``You never saw / Such cow horseplay / When Farmer looks / The other way!'' writes Harrison ( Somebody Catch My Homework ) as several holsteins peek expectantly around the corner of a barn door. Liberated from Farmer's watchful eye, the members of the herd pedal bicycles, swim in a pond and clown around with some braying donkeys. Although Harrison's litany of heifer high jinks sags a bit in the middle, rhyme and repetition subtly encourage beginning readers to recognize and practice key words. Demarest's ( Smart Dog ; My Little Red Car ) splashy watercolors lend a sense of playful motion and fluidity to his characters; the cows--who, modestly, have only the barest suggestion of udders--execute nary a clumsy move and appear practically weightless as they finally ``swish their tails / And gently sway / . . . / And head for home / In a cowlike way.'' A bright, appealing volume with a mischievous nature. Ages 2-8. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 01/31/1994
Release date: 02/01/1994
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-1-56397-946-0
Prebound-Other - 978-0-613-78920-2
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