SIXTEEN COWS by Lisa Wheeler

SIXTEEN COWS

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Age Range: 3 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

Verse with all the spunk of dueling banjos and honeyed watercolors are a pleasingly combustible combination in this rollicking romance. The story pivots about Cowboy Gene and Cowgirl Sue and their cows, who share adjoining acreage on the lonesome prairie. Cowgirl Sue has the high ground, while Cowboy Gene makes his home down in the valley, and never the two mix until the day a tornado comes through and sends their fence flying to parts unknown. When the herds start to mingle, both Gene and Sue set to yodeling for their charges. The cows first head toward Gene, then back toward Sue: “The cows all did the polka, as Sue commenced to singin’. / They trotted up to Waddle Ranch, their cowbells just a ringin’! / Sixteen cows together, ran up the hill and down. / Sixteen cows could not decide which was the sweeter sound.” Finally, the two cowpokes stop their singing feud and start to admire each other’s cows, then each other, plain and simple. Wedding bells split the air, and cows as bridesmaids make their first appearance in children’s literature. A rousing little number, best read not right before bed, for the proceedings are spirited and the dancing cows inspire some serious high stepping. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-15-202676-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Harcourt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2002




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