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Summary: A cow runs through a stone wall to eat in apples in an orchard, and then her milk goes dry. This is a Robert Frost poem that has been illustrated to make a children’s book.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Reading Level: 2.7
Age of Child: Read with 3½ and 4½ year old children.
Young Reader Reaction: I don’t really know because I couldn’t ever get them to sit through it.
Adult Reader Reaction: I wasn’t that impressed by the poem’s suitability as a children’s book: the thoughts and language seem directed towards adults. The illustrations, however, were wonderful, and I was very surprised that the kids weren’t interested enough in the illustrations to finish the book.
Pros: Lovely, colorful, expressive illustrations help kids visualize a poem.
Cons: The poem didn’t keep my kids’ attention.
Borrow or Buy: Skip it. Flip through it at the library to see the great cow pictures and then move on to something else.