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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  39 ratings  ·  14 reviews
"What is it like to be a dairy cow?"Chewing your cud from dawn to dusk. Your long tail swishing from side to side. Resting in the shade of a tree by the river. Being milked in the cool milking parlor. Sleeping under the stars.

What is it like to be a dairy cow? Let's find out....
Published July 1st 2002 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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It would be nice if things were really the way they are portrayed in Cow. The beautifully rendered artwork depicts the fantasy life of dairy cattle on a verdant pasture that makes the “Happy Cows” commercials look downright Spartan. This children’s story makes the adult knowledge that things are not as imagined all the more painful.

There is no depiction of the calves that must be born to each cow to keep her milk flowing, no discussion of what happens to Cow’s companions once age ends their prod
After reading Just Ducks, Joe requested more books about animals so we grabbed this one when we saw it in the library. And it's gorgeous. Beautiful - really beautiful - illustrations and wonderful text - informative and straightforward, but also somehow dream-like. We both loved this one.
Mara Meyer
This was not one of my favorite books. The illustrations were well done. However the over all story did not grab my students attention.
Absolutely beautiful pictures!
Kristina Lareau
I really wanted to like this book. The illustrations are soft and on canvas. They are beautifully rendered and appear very realistic while still have an impressionist quality. Yet, the text poses as being poetic, but is really quite off-putting. It is mostly told in second person, which reads awkwardly and goes between third person on pages that do not directly discuss the cow. Overall, I give this book a "meh."
Louise (A Strong Belief in Wicker)
A sumptuously illustrated book describing the idyll of what a dairy cow's life should be. A mixed farm with pigs and chickens, a couple of kids, and a cool stream where the cow drinks cooling draughts in bucolic ecstasy. How we'd all like to think dairy cows live, but not I suspect, how they do. Still good for city kids to learn where milk comes from.
I was surprised. I thought my kids would be bored by this combination of lush paintings with rich, transcendent light and poetry. But they were lulled. The whole book is like the experience of getting lost in an animal's long-lashed gaze, and feeling special for having been seen.
We all enjoyed this one(Chubbula, too). The illustrations are beautiful. I enjoyed the story being told from the perspective of the cow without being overly anthropomophoric.
Jul 26, 2012 Jim rated it 4 of 5 stars
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a really beautiful book about, of all creatures, cows. and when the cow starts talking about teats WOW better than fifty shades of grey
Whitney Zollman
This is a good book with great illustrations. It talks about the life of a dairy cow, and what it's like living on a farm.
life for a cow on a picturesque small-scale organic farm -- just like where we get our milk
This book was a nice little read with my 2 and 4 year old before bed. The pictures were wonderful.
Beautiful paintings illustrate this gentle story of a day in the life of a cow.
Gorgeous pictures but not very interesting.
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