illustrated by Bernard Most
40 pages; 8.0 x 10.0
Publisher: Voyager Books;
Reprint edition (September 2003)
A simple, sensitive story that lends
itself to creative dramatization, participation, and self-expression.
A cow and a pig are laughed at because they aren't like the other
farm animals. Through friendship and determination, they turn the
situation around, and the story ends on a high note with both animals
being different in a positive way. Since many words, such as "moo"
and "oink," are capitalized and repeated throughout, both memory and
word recognition skills are strengthened. One single large-print
sentence appears on the top of each page. Children will especially
like the pages showing the many different farm animals with their
corresponding word-balloon sounds. Most's cartoonlike drawings in
vivid, colorfully blended Pantone markers support the mood and the
message of the story. A read-aloud that can easily motivate class
I am a big believer in
persistence! My book The Cow That Went OINK was rejected
forty-two times before it was published. I'm glad I didn't give
--School Library Journal
barnyard tale... Young readers will love the silly animal
Instead of just feeling sad about the other
animals who make fun of them, the pig and the cow
listen to who is trying to help them. Discuss
together how this applies to children and adults.
How can we use this in our class? How can we use
this outside of our class?
FROM: Kingore, B. (2009). Bertie's
Austin, TX: Professional Associates
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Bernard Most writes and
illustrates children's books full-time, and I loves
it! He has written many books that combine fact and
fiction and enjoys sharing his growing knowledge and wonder
about dinosaurs with readers. His two sons, Glenn and Eric,
are grown, and he lives with his wife, Amy, in Westchester
County, New York with two cats (Bonnie and Clyde, brother
and sister cats) and too many tropical fish!