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Summary: Dakota is a boy who is stranded on an island of cows who fear humans. One calf - Chuck Porter - befriends Dakota. Chuck tries to make him look like a cow, as they uncover a mystery about the island. This is the first book in this illustrated chapter series for transitional readers.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 13
Interest Level: 6 to 10
Reading Level: 4.6
Age of Child: Read with a 5-year-old boy.
Young Reader Reaction: My son enjoyed it and often requested another chapter.
Adult Reader Reaction: I did not really enjoy the story. We primarily finished it just to get through it and my son wanted to finish it. It felt slow to read. I was surprised my son requested to read a new chapter each night and wasn't sure if he really enjoyed it or felt need to finish it.
Pros: The story was very different and unique. You'll even find some adult humor.
Cons: The pace seems slow.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. I think some children will enjoy this but not one to read over and over.
Educational Themes: This is a fantasy story for developing readers.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.