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Author: Diana Prichard

Illustrator: Heather Knopf

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Publisher: Little Pickle Press, 2013

Material: hard cover

Summary: Patrick wakes up one morning not looking forward to a boring old breakfast but when he walks into his kitchen there is a cow. His Dad fixes the best french toast ever and uses Patrick's help to get the ingredients. He must get milk from the cow's teat, eggs from under the chickens, and maple syrup from the trees. This picture book helps children understand food origins.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 3 to 10

Age of Child: Read with a 3½ year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter reacted with wonder to this book. It was different than any books we had read and she enjoyed it. I wasn't surprised by my daughter's reaction. I thought it was a great book and I think most kids would enjoy it.

Adult Reader Reaction: I loved the pictures. The drawings were cleaver and a bit different, as was the book. The story is marvelous and it brought up many discussions over where our food came from. I wasn't surprised by my daughter's reaction. I thought it was a great book and I think most kids would enjoy it.

Pros: This book is playful and fun, with quirky, fun illustrations to go with it! When you're looking for a book that presents new concepts in an adorable way, The Cow in Patrick O'Shanahan's Kitchen is the one to pick.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. Loved this book as did my daughter. It was fun to read and brought up many good discussions.


Educational Themes: Kids don't think about where food comes from (beyond the fridge). Use this book to talk about farming, where our food comes from, and animals. We could see a teacher reading this to a class and then asking students to do a creative writing exercise on their best breakfast or imaginary meal.

Notes: The Reading Tub® picked up this book at Book Expo America. There are no expectations of review associated with this book.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, food, health, family

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2015

Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews found at the time of this review. See reader feedback at and


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