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Something to Tell the Grandcows

3.46  ·  Rating Details  ·  63 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
PreS-Gr. 2. Everybody wants to have at least one great adventure to trot out when company comes to call. Everybody--even cows. After Emmadine the cow decides that chasing crows from the barn and swatting horseflies isn't exciting enough to tell to her grandcows, she signs up to go to the South Pole with Admiral Richard E. Byrd. What happens then provides plenty of grist fo ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (first published 2004)
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Nov 04, 2009 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Really cute and fun!!! This is the story of Emmadine the cow who wishes she had a more exciting life than swatting flies and living on a farm--she longs for "something to tell the grandcows" that will amaze them. Well, her opportunity arrives when she decides to join an expedition to the South Pole (this is based loosely on fact--a 1933 science expedition to the South Pole that took cows to give fresh milk while on the research mission). The story is fast-paced and fun, the illustrations are dar ...more
Lana Harriman
Feb 17, 2015 Lana Harriman rated it liked it
Personal reflection – This was a cute story about a grandmother cow that felt she needed to have a grand story to hand down to her grandcows. The grandmother cow, Emmadine, decides to go live in the South Pole for a few seasons. Grandmother’s adventure is full of exciting things from the enormous ship she sailed on, to the extreme weather patterns, and unique animals found at the South Pole. Children will be eager to hear the full story and captivated by the humor as well as by the interesting f ...more
Rosa Cline
Sep 16, 2015 Rosa Cline rated it liked it
a really neat storybook based upon what the author imagined a trip on a boat to the coldest part of the world was like for one of the three cows that made the trip. From how she felt during the trip to how she felt during no sunlight for days or sunlight all day long. How she helped her friends during that time and then her trip back to her original farm. neat storybook my 3 year old granddaughter and I enjoyed.
I guess I didn't expect this to be both historical fiction and fantasy. I think I would have preferred just historical fiction. It's a clever idea to tell the story of Admiral Byrd's expedition from the point of view of one of the cows who went with him. But I don't like it when that cow is putting on an uddermuff that Georgetta the pig knitted for her and teaching the cowherd to do the hoochy-coochy when she gets bored during the long South Pole winter. (The idea of an uddermuff for a cow is fu ...more
Jan 07, 2015 Alice rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-50-stars
3.50 This was a very interesting (what I hope is true) story. I never considered taking a cow to the South Pole, but it makes sense for milk purposes!

Why I can't rate it higher...well I guess they should be call Grandcalfs...but that is just me being silly.
The story of a cow who was looking for adventure and a good story to tell her grandcows about someday, so she joined Admiral Byrd for his expedition to the Antarctic. It's sort of a silly story, but I kind of loved seeing things through Emmadine's eyes, and since I'm obsessed with Antarctica, it's the rare book that takes place there that I don't really enjoy. I also like that, though it's sort of fantasy in that it involves anthropomorphized animals, like many (or most?) books for kids, it's al ...more
Emmadine fears she has no good stories to share with the grandcows, so she decides to make some memories, and volunteers to accompany Admiral Richard E. Byrd on his expedition to the South Pole. She describes the details of her trip and the time she spends at the Pole. Just as she’s becoming homesick (and pining for greener pastures), they return, and the grandcows are suitably impressed. Illustrations of Emmadine in her winter gear – including the udder warmer made for her by Georgette, the pig ...more
Oct 21, 2014 Kiddo rated it really liked it
As in 'Do You Have a Hat' Eileen Spinelli includes some interesting facts in a fun book. The mix of fact and fiction in this book is a bit more confusing for young readers than in Hat, thus the lack of one star.
Mar 02, 2016 Sheila rated it really liked it
This book is well illustrated by Bill Slavin.
Mar 22, 2016 Shannon rated it it was amazing
We love this book. Emmadine's "uddermuff" cracks us up. We still re-read this every winter, usually on the same day we re-read "The Farm Team."

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What kind of exciting stories could Emmadine the cow tell her grandcows? About the time she swatted seventeen horseflies? Right. Or the time she chased a crow from the corn? Whoop-dee-doo. So when Emmadine learned that Admiral Richard E. Byrd was looking for a few good cows to take tot he South Pole, she volunteered -- boldly going where no
Feb 25, 2010 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
An 'udderly' fascinating look at the Byrd expedition to Antarctica, seen from the eyes of a cow. It's a wonderful tale and really conveys the excitement of the trip, the wonder of sights (and animals) previously unseen, and the harshness of the environment. Our girls really liked this story, and it goes well with the curriculum they've learned in school about Antarctica. Great illustrations, too.

new word: uddermuff
Rusty Gregory
Feb 11, 2013 Rusty Gregory rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
"Farmer Fergus could tell his grandchildren about the time he wrestled an alligator at the Virginia State Fair."

This little adaptation from a life event is fun from the cows point of view. The repetition works well for the flow and timing of the book. The story within the story is fun to see played out. The illustrations added a lot to the story as a whole.

Hoping for some terrific tales to tell her grandcows, Emmadine, the cow volunteers to travel to Antarctica with Admiral Byrd. Something to Tell the Grandcows is a delightful story which sneaks in some Antarctica facts along the way. Bright colorful illustrations.

Used for "World Traveler's Club: Antarctica-Storytime-June, 2010
Kathy Ellen Davis
Feb 18, 2013 Kathy Ellen Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
What a fun book!
I liked the adventure and the tie to history.
I think kids will love this book and maybe think about something that they might do to impress their future grandkids!

Haiku Review:
The grandcows must hear
A story to impress them.
So, it's South Pole-HO!
May 30, 2010 Sheri rated it liked it
Interesting picture book idea with realistic fiction about a cow going with Admiral Byrd to the South Pole. The experiences for a cow with daylight and darkness with changes of the seasons is interesting from the main character's, Emmadine's point of view.
Very cute story about an actual event. And it involved a cow. My cow-inclined self could not pass that up. I think the pictures and the idea of a cow and her grandkids will be entertaining for a story time. We'll see if I try it during Book Time.
Jan 04, 2009 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This sweet picture book follows Emmadine the cow to Antarctica. The illustrations are colorful and fun. My only complaint is that the author refers to the coast of Antarctica as the South Pole.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Well, it's an interesting way to tell the story of Admiral Byrd's 1903 trip to the Antarctic-- from the point of view of the cow on board.
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Eileen Spinelli, wife of famed children's author Jerry Spinelli, is an award winning children's book author from southeastern Pennsylvania.
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