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FAIR COW by Leslie Helakoski


by Leslie Helakoski & illustrated by Leslie Helakoski

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7614-5684-1
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

Effie the cow’s not dissatisfied with her farm, the grazing or giving milk, but she’s always dreamed of being a blue-ribbon, award-winning, state-fair cow. Since the fair’s approaching, it’s a good thing she has a best friend like Petunia Pig, who knows just what to do. “First, we have to get you in shape,” says Petunia. “What’s wrong with my SHAPE?’”asks Effie. “Nothing a little exercise won’t fix,” says Petunia. Effie endures a hair-styling, a spot-dyeing, a hoof-painting and tail extensions. Once at the fair, Effie feels completely outclassed by the competition: “Your hair is so high,” she marvels. On the way to the arena, Effie just can’t resist the cool breeze, delicious grass or fresh pond water. The other cows think she’s mad; Effie knows she’s just being herself, and she doesn’t return to the farm empty-hooved. Helakoski’s first solo effort shows off her goofy acrylics, which are a terrific match for her frisky farm fable. A good addition to collections in need of some new barnyard or self-esteem titles. (Picture book. 3-7)