Books by Mary Ann Smith

Released: April 1, 2001

It's a cow's life, until Cappuccina gets it in her head that town looks a lot more fun than her pasture, in this candied grass-is-greener tale. Cappuccina is a substantial Holstein who lives at Farmer Fiori's farm. Her hayfield has a view to a hilltop town, where she imagines people having much merriment. Occasionally, she'd even like to be human. When a storm results in a break in her fence, she makes a dash for the bright lights. But when she tries to deck herself out as a human—Cappuccina's idea of humanness is going shopping, which is perhaps the more subversive lesson in this story—she finds the shoes don't fit her hooves, the hat won't settle on her horns, and the dress won't drape properly over her tail. A hairdresser comes to the rescue with a pretty bow tie for her afterpart, and then it dawns on Cappuccina: "She really was just perfect as herself." She returns to her pasture, where Farmer Fiori remarks, "Your life is so peaceful. . . . Sometimes I wish I were a cow," which sets things up for the sequel. A story of flouncy cuteness, both in the text (" ‘I will get a pretty dress to wear.' Tossing her head in a friendly way, she stepped over to the dressmaker's") and in the artwork, all tropical colors and enough enormous grins on each page to make your teeth ache. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >