Where's My Cow?
In a pasture near the sea, a flock of egrets lives in peaceful companionship with a herd of cows. Each day the flock flies out to explore the nearby marsh and seashore. Well, the flock minus one. One young egret always stays behind, longing to go but afraid to venture out. He fears to leave his dear friend Cow. Egret imagines the worst. What if I get lost and can't find Cow again? But Cow is worldly; she's been places and knows there are wonderful sights to be seen and enjoyed. She is determined that her feathered friend will visit the seashore like the others. So together bird and bovine scheme up ways to make sure Egret gets safely back to Cow. But what happens if every egret looks like Egret and every cow looks like Cow? This warm and witty story about adventure and friendship is the perfect book for any young reader facing separation anxiety or new-experience jitters.
|Kindergarten - Grade 3
|ATOS Reading Level
|Guided Reading Level
|Sleeping Bear Press
|Hardcover (9781534111073), PDF (9781534192317), Hosted ebook (9781534192430)
|Number of Pages
|9 x 11
Kirkus Reviews - Where's My Cow?
A little cattle egret fears that he will lose his cow if he goes to the beach with the rest of his flock.
Every morning the other egrets leave their cows to fly down to the beach, but the protagonist prefers to stay perched on his cow’s shoulders. His cow’s been around a bit; she’s seen the beach and strange things like ukuleles and toasted marshmallows. She encourages the little egret to fly with his flock, but he’s too jittery, even when she assures him she will be right there in their valley with the other cows, waiting for him. When he does fly up and sees the glorious ocean in the distance, he panics. His cow promises to twitch her ears so he can find her; and the next day, the little egret goes to the beach and finds a shell for his cow. When he returns, all the cows are twitching their ears. He’s frantic, but he finds her. Together, cow and egret agree on different signals over successive days that turn out to be just as unhelpful, but the presents he’s brought her each day suggest a solution. Blackaby’s simple tale of separation anxiety may be a bit wordy, but Brundage’s beautiful, line-and-color illustrations of the expressive, only slightly anthropomorphized duo bring the shine. A good tale to share with little humans who may also have the jitters when faced with new experiences.
Author: Susan Blackaby
Susan Blackaby has written numerous children’s books, and she was inspired to write Where’s My Cow? after a vacation to Hawaii. She lives in Mosier, Oregon.
Illustrator: Scott Brundage
Scott Brundage is a Brooklyn-based illustrator and character designer. As a child, his parents rightly decided he was far too indoorsy for his own heath and encouraged him to try various hobbies. When T-ball’s rules confused him and judo required too much coordination, he found his love for drawing cartoons at a local art class. Scott has sketched and painted ever since, eventually attending the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His children’s books include Where’s My Cow? and The First Men Who Went to the Moon. His work has been recognized by American Illustration, the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, and the Society of Illustrators. Learn more at scottbrundage.com.