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THE COW THAT LAID AN EGG

Author: Andy Cutbill

Illustrator: Russell Ayto

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Have you ever seen a cow ride a bike? do handstands? Well, apparently they can. All but Marjorie, and she's pretty sad about it. Then one morning Marjorie discovered that she had laid an egg. It was BIG news, and everyone was thrilled ... except the other cows. So, did Marjorie really lay an egg? This brightly colored picture book is a down-on-the-farm look at friendship and self-esteem.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, learning to read, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 2

Age of Child: Started reading with 6-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Marjorie is our daughter's new friend. We have been reading this book every night for a week. Now she says she picks it because Daddy likes it!

Adult Reader Reaction: We have enjoyed reading the story. After you've read it once, you can have a lot of fun with the characters (doing voices) and animating the ending!

Pros: Kids will love this funny story about wily chickens and a lovable cow named Marjorie.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. Younger children will love the humor of the story and the pictures; older kids (first grade) can begin practicing some of their reading skills.

If You Liked This Book, Try: CLICK, CLACK, MOO: COWS THAT TYPE   PHILADELPHIA CHICKENS: A TOO-ILLOGICAL ZOOLOGICAL MUSICAL REVIEW   WHEN PIGASSO MET MOOTISSE

Educational Themes: This is largely a fun story to share, but there are themes you can draw out or build on: feelings (happy, sad, funny, silly, jealousy isn't one you see too often); friendship; practical jokes; and self-esteem. If you have some barnyard animal toys, pull them out and create your own talent show!

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, friendship, humor, self worth

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2008

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