The classic nursery rhyme gets the cows on the Diddle Farm thinking, but none so much as Cindy Moo, who is determined to jump over the moon.
After arguing whether the feat is even feasible, the cows all listen as Cindy Moo declares that she is the cow who will do it. But her first try fails, and she gets the requisite “told you so” from the other cows, who urge her to give up. Her second try is no more successful. And then the worst happens—rain clouds cover the moon completely. But this serendipitous event actually helps the clever bovine achieve her goal. “Her friends came out and marveled much. / ‘Ms. Moo, you’ve done it now!’ / ‘A cow can really jump the moon, / as long as she knows how.’ ” The scansion in Mortensen’s verse works well, with just a few minor exceptions, making this a good read-aloud—and the final word of some verses is separated by a page turn, allowing audience participation. Mack’s cows are a delight, although none stand out save Cindy Moo with her pink bow, cowbell and brown spots. None of the cows have udders, and all but the heroine sport tiny horns.
Although it has been done before (many times), this take stands out for its clever heroine who just won’t give up. (Picture book. 3-7)