Cows Can't Fly
Cows Can't Fly
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Annotation: After drawing a picture of cows that is blown away by a breeze, a child tries to convince others that cows are flying through the air.
Catalog Number: #63196
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 1998
Edition Date: 2000
Pages: 32
Availability: Available (Limited Quantities Available / While Supplies Last)
ISBN: Publisher: 0-14-056721-6 Perma-Bound: 0-605-28337-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-14-056721-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-28337-4
Dewey: E
LCCN: 97025434
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
A little boy draws a picture of flying cows and shows it to his father, who suggests that his son draw birds instead. A gust of wind lifts the picture into a pasture where it inspires the cows there to take flight. They flapped and flew / and filled the sky, / quite unaware / that cows can't fly. Milgrim's expressive line-and-watercolor artwork gives the simple story a lift of its own. Using unusual perspectives and an imagination as vivid as any child's, Milgrim creates cows that soar like excitable blimps across the sky. Meanwhile, back on the ground, the boy's parents can't be bothered to look out the window, and his teacher draws a diagram illustrating the effect of gravity on massive objects. Never mind. The boy has found his inspiration. Unlike many books with a message, the point here is so lightly made that it doesn't weigh down the story. In the deftly drawn illustrations, comic effects abound, and cartoon-style balloons allow the characters to comment outside the rhyming text. Appealing to the dreamer, the artist, and the anarchist in every child, this picture book will be great fun to read aloud. (Reviewed August 1998)
Kirkus Reviews
The title's assertion is a perfect set-up for a small boy to prove otherwise, in this merry tale of self-fulfilling prophecy from Milgrim (Dog Brain, 1996). The nameless protagonist narrates: "Cows can't fly,/but I don't care./One day I drew/some in the air!" The round-headed boy creates a crayon picture of rapturous cows soaring through the sky. His bespectacled, suspenders-wearing father is appropriately nay-saying, but a breeze takes the picture into the air; it lands among real cows, who study the drawing and take flight. With unusual perspectives and stylized rounded forms, the scenes are highly entertaining; no adults will look into the air, a fact that draws readers into a gleeful conspiracy with the boy, who takes the experiment further. He's seen in the last spread staring at an array of zoo animals, a drawing pad under his arm. (Picture book. 3-8)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2--A fanciful book in which a boy's imagination takes flight. In reserved rhyming verse, the story tells of what happens when the young narrator's picture of flying cows is caught by the wind and eventually settles in a cow pasture. Obviously impressionable, the cows themselves lift off the ground and take flight. The child is delighted to see the bovine airships, but can not convince any adults to look upward to take in the amazing sight. "Ms. Crumb said cows were far too fat; that facts were facts, and that was that." Of course, as the adults rattle off their blas logic, the airborne creatures loom largely in the background with outstretched hooves. The rounded cartoon illustrations are featured on full double-page spreads throughout. Milgrim's illustrations make flying cows seem perfectly natural. In the end, the incredulousness of the adults does not discourage this imaginative boy. Instead, he sets off to discover which other animals may be capable of flight. A perfect stimulant for young imaginations, as well as for kids who feel their exclamations are overlooked by the adults around them.--Christy Norris Blanchette, Valley Cottage Library, NY
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Word Count: 213
Reading Level: 2.4
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.4 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 31110 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.8 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q21371
Lexile: AD470L

Ms. Crumb said cows were far too fat; that facts were facts and that was that. But this little boy doesn't care about facts. All he knows is that he drew a picture of some cows, and when a breeze blows it into the air, he sees cows flying everywhere. And if cows can fly, isn't anything possible?

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