Calico Vows (Picture Puffins)

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9780140545074: Calico Vows (Picture Puffins)

Bertha was the leader of the cows on Calico Farm. Each morning, Bertha led Tiny, Mossy, Violet and the others into the meadow. Until one morning when Bertha is taken to the County Fair. The other cows are lost without her and wonder if she will ever come back.

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From Publishers Weekly:

The creator of Pig William and Tom's Tail here focuses her antic, cleanly defined artwork and comedic sensibility on the bovine populace. The cows on Calico Farm are content, lemming-like, to follow their leader, Bertha, out to graze and home again--"On hot days, Bertha knew how to stay cool. On cloudy days, Bertha knew exactly when it was time to lie down and get ready for rain." When the estimable Bertha is led off "to be shown at the county fair," her colleagues must fend for themselves--and none too successfully, as it turns out. Bertha's triumphant return is cause for rejoicing, and for matters to get back on track once more. These cows exhibit a wide range of farcical expressions, and their misadventures may tickle youngsters' fancies. (An encounter with a lawn sprinkler proves particularly puzzling to the peripatetic herd, as "the rain stopped and started, stopped and started . . . ") Overall, however, these animals are not among Dubanevich's finer creations: their slight story meanders to little purpose, and the pacing occasionally falters. Also, alert children may question a statement near the end of the book--as Bertha spies her pals, "she slowed down": since Bertha is on the back of a truck, she has nothing to do with her rate of speed. Children's BOMC selection. Ages 3-8.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal:

PreSchool-Grade 1-- Young audiences are sure to take pleasure in this satisfying story of Bertha, the bovine leader of Calico Farm. The bright primary colors of the gouache, childlike illustrations are the initial attraction; the treat inside the covers is the adventure-filled story of Bertha and her trusting barnyard entourage of Tiny, Mossy, Violet, and others. Bertha always shows them the best places to graze, helps them find cool water on hot days, and how to sit out the rain. However, when she goes off to the county fair and "the girls" are on their own, confusion and indecision take over. They become lost, get into scrapes, and feel safe again only when they hear the the reassuring "MOO" of Bertha's return. Totally complementing the manageable text that appears at the bottom of each page are the actions and emotions conveyed in the illustrations. Depicted in a broad sweep from cheerfulness to worry, their cohesiveness with the active story line provides guaranteed satisfaction. Calico Farm is such a happy, comfortable place that children will take to it as a duck to water--or a cow to grass. --Mary Lou Budd, Milford South Elementary School, OH
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Dubanevich, Arlene
Published by Puffin (1996)
ISBN 10: 0140545077 ISBN 13: 9780140545074
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