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The Cow That Laid an Egg

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  980 Ratings  ·  125 Reviews
Marjorie is an insecure cow who wishes she had some special talent. She can't ride a bicycle or do handstands like the other cows. Then one morning (thanks to a bunch of scheming chickens and a paintbrush), Marjorie is astonished to discover something extraordinary: shes laid an egg!
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 22nd 2008 by HarperCollins
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The Library Lady
Apr 25, 2008 The Library Lady rated it really liked it
Oh, how I love this. Cows are naturally funny, but when you get a barnful of cows who do handstands and ride bikes, a flock of conspiring chickens, a gossip rag called "Moos of the World" and a "Horton Hatches the Egg" inspired ending, you get a real rib tickler. The illustrations are bold, wild and creative, and work perfectly with the story--I hope we see more from this author and artist as a creative team. A real winner!
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
It is a perfect funny picture book. The illustrations are incredibly full of motion AND emotion. The layout, the design, the pacing, the skilled LINES -- all work together beautifully. The text is trimmed to exactly the correct leanness and delivers with many effective punches -- and the last PUNCH was fabulous! This is superb!
Jan 19, 2014 Sophie rated it really liked it
Marjorie isn't like the other cows she can't do handstands or ride a bike (yes the other cows can do these things!!) she doesn't feel special at all...

This is a great picture book; the pictures are funny, the story is original and the ending is well thought out! It's short and very sweet.
Aug 29, 2016 Meredith rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
So cute and funny. The kids also really enjoyed the story.
Cassandra Gelvin
Dec 26, 2016 Cassandra Gelvin rated it liked it
I found it. It must have come out of my insides.

Kind of a weird book. It's kind of a mixed message. There's a cow that feels like she's not special because all the other cows can ride bicycles and do handstands instead of her. The chickens, without any clear motivation other than her happiness, take an egg and paint spots on it in order to cause her to think that she laid an egg. The farmer and his wife get the news and she becomes well known for laying an egg. Then the other cows feel bad becau
Kathryn Dykes
Sep 23, 2015 Kathryn Dykes rated it really liked it
Plot Summary/ Personal Response: On a farm with acrobatic cows that ride bicycles, Marjorie feels out of place and alone because she has no such skill. The sad cow expresses her desire to be extraordinary to the only companions that will listen to her woes, the chickens. From the kindness in their hearts the chickens cluck up a plan to ensure that Marjorie will stand out above the heard. As the sun rises the next morning Marjorie awakes to discover a spotted egg beside her and is elated to think ...more
Addie Lauver
The Cow that Laid an Egg
Plot/Personal Response:
Marjorie is just an ordinary cow. There is nothing special about her. In fact, she becomes upset because she cannot do things like all the other cows can do. Her chicken friends felt upset because she felt so ordinary that they came up with a plan to make her feel special. The next day she said she had laid an egg!! People came from near and far just to see if the news was true. Day after day Marjorie sat patiently on the egg waiting for it to hatch
Olivia Evans
Plot Summary: In this humorous and imaginative story, Marjorie is a cow who loses sight of how special she is and feels very under appreciated. Compared to the other cows, who can do handstands and ride bicycles, Marge doesn’t seem to feel she has any special talents or worth. The chickens on the farm feel bad for Marge and decide to ‘cluck’ up a plan to help her feel better. Before you know, Marge is exclaiming that she laid an EGG! (even though we all know cows do not lay eggs) People come fro ...more
Dec 01, 2014 Jesse rated it it was amazing
Far away, in the mysterious and foreign land known as the farm, there was a cow that was depressed. This cow’s name was Marjorie and she was depressed because she could not do any of the cool awesome things that most other cows can do, like riding bicycles or doing handstands – you know, totally normal cow stuff. So the chickens, being the total bros that chickens naturally are, hatch an eggcellent plan: trick everyone into thinking that Marjorie had laid an egg. And so, the chickens’ plan works ...more
Mackenzie Mericle
This week I chose children's books that were about acceptance. This book that I picked out stood out to me specifically. I thought this story was really fun. It had awesome and colorful illustrations that I really enjoyed throughout the entire book. In this story, there is a cow named Marge who doesn't feel accepted by the other cows around her because she can't do certain things like ride a bike or do a handstand so she feels extra ordinary. Later in the story, Marge lays an egg and all the cow ...more
Kylee Myers
Mar 19, 2014 Kylee Myers rated it really liked it
This fiction book is a story about a cow who feels very insecure about herself. She can’t do a hand stand or ride a bicycle like the other cows. She feels very ordinary. All of a sudden, she laid an egg. All of the cows were astonished and so was the farmer. She became famous across the town! Marjorie felt special now! All of the other cows found out that chickens laid eggs, and soon the cows told her that she didn't lay the egg. They think the chickens did it to make her feel better, but the ch ...more
Dec 31, 2008 Rakisha rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adoptive parents, adopted children
Recommended to Rakisha by: Megan
This is a clever yet subtle book about friendship and adoption. Marjorie the cow has no special skill or talent that makes her stand out, so her friends the chickens lay a cow-spotted egg for her and slip underneath her while she sleeps. Marjorie and the farm becomes world famous as the first cow to lay an egg. (This part is almost reminiscent of Wilbur in Charolette's Web.) Her envious cow-mates don't like having the spotlight taken away, so they go out to prove that Marjorie didn't lay the egg ...more
Sep 29, 2015 Karla rated it it was amazing
Marjorie is a cow that often times found herself comparing herself with other cows. The other cows were much more talented and she became very insecure about herself. One day the chickens decided to help the cow out by putting one of their eggs under her while she was sleeping. When the morning came, she thought she had laid an egg. She grew very famous and the other cows were jealous. They did not believe that she could lay an egg until a surprising ending.

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Jul 16, 2008 george rated it really liked it
Marjorie the cow is a bit down in the dumps. She can't do handstands or ride a bicycle like the other cows. In fact, there's nothing special about her at all. The chickens feel sorry for Marge and decide to do something about it. The next day, Marjorie discovers that she has apparently laid an egg! She's suddenly the center of attention and everyone is talking about Marjorie and her egg. But the other cows are suspicious and claim that Marjorie and the chickens have gotten together for a stunt. ...more
I love the story. I think it's funny and fabulous. The preschool and k-5 groups would love it. The ilustrations are not my favorite, but I think the kids will love those, too. This will make a great storytime read, especially if I can get a couple of the sounds/voices just right.

4/13/10 & 4/15/10 The kids loved this story. I think they enjoyed the pictures, too. A fun story to read and I still love the ending. I don't think I quite got the voices--but I was being conservative because I was b
Marjorie the cow doesn't feel as special as the other cows on the farm. She can't do handstands or ride a bicycle. One day, the chickens decide to help Marjorie out. All night they chatter together and a plan is hatched. The next morning, when Marjorie wakes up, much to her astonishment, she has "laid" an egg! The farmer is shocked and his wife calls the newspapers. Marjorie is the talk of the town. But the other cows smell something fishy. So they demand that the chickens prove that they didn't ...more
Tayler Bingham
Jul 22, 2015 Tayler Bingham rated it really liked it
This is the wonderful story of a little cow who is not special in any single way and desperately wants to. The chickens feel bad for her, so they concoct the idea that they will give her an egg to sit on, and paint it like a cow so that everyone will think she laid an egg. Everyone gets jealous. But then the egg is hatched and the chicken says, "Moo." The author uses very high gloss pictures to help reinforce the idea that this isn't really a reality. This appeals to the younger group because of ...more
James Wrixon
Oct 03, 2008 James Wrixon rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mums who love reading a touching book to their child at bedtime.
Recommended to James by: Bookstore
We all loved this book (my family are a bit partial to cow / chicken humor). Marjorie's a delightful character, and beautifully illustrated. You can't help but feel for her. The chickens are hysterical - 'pleased as punch' in deed. And the other cows, with their jealousy and scheming, bring so much to the story. This seems a tale with plenty to teach, talking to children without looking down at them. It helps explain how we may all be different, but by no means less special. On a deeper level it ...more
Feb 24, 2016 Brandi rated it it was amazing
All the cows on the farm can do cool tricks like ride a bike, do handstands, etc; except for Margie, who feels so ordinary and a bit down about her ordinary-ness. So, the chickens devise a plan to lift Margarie's spirits. Margarie awakens to find that she's laid an egg! The farmer and his wife are so excited! They even call the news to come out and share in their excitement. The other cows aren't happy about this new development. They suspect the chickens are behind Margarie's egg laying. You'll ...more
Aug 25, 2016 Veronica rated it really liked it
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Jun 27, 2012 Jan rated it it was amazing
Marjorie the cow doesn't feel special. She can't ride a bike like the other cows. ("Cows can't ride bikes!" said the child on my lap.) The barnyard chickens hatched up a plan, and the next morning, Marjorie announced that she had laid an egg. ("Cows don"t lay eggs!" said the child in my lap.) Suddenly, with the appearance of the egg, Marjorie was special. But what will happen when the egg hatches?

A hilarious picture book for ages 3-7 -- and fun for the adult reader, too!
Jun 17, 2008 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
This is a great read aloud for the preschool age (not only is it a funny story, it's a fun one to read out loud).

Marjorie is a cow who just doesn't feel special (she doesn't have the same talents as the rest of the cows on the farm).. BUt Marjorie's friends, the chickens, "hatch" a plan that they hope will restore Marjorie's self-confidence and let her know that she's special in her own way.

Wouldn't we all love to friends like Marjorie's?
Feb 12, 2010 Slayermel rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents of young children or preschool teachers
This is the story of Marjorie the cow who feels like she is just ordinary. She can't ride a bike or do handstands like all the other cows. So the chickens decide to concoct a plan to help Marjorie feel more special, so when Marjorie wakes up one morning she has discovered that she has laid an egg. Will a chicken or a cow hatch out of the egg? The Barn Yard animals are all waiting to find out. :0)

Very humorous story :0)
Josie B.
Apr 11, 2014 Josie B. rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime, 4s-5s
The 4 & 5 year olds loved this story of an insecure cow who hatches an egg. I sandwiched it between "Guess What Is Growing Inside This Egg?" By Mia Posada and "Except If" by Jim Averbeck for an egg-stra special spring storytime. Some children prefer non-fiction and some prefer fiction, so mixing the two provides something for both types of readers. You will be nurturing print motivation, the love love and enjoyment of books.
This is a really cute and fun story with wonderful illustrations. Young girls will especially love this book. The only thing I do not like about the book is that Marjorie only felt special after having a baby. With teen pregnancy so high now, I do not think I would read this to my class. The illustrations are extremely bold and exciting! I love how the character’s emotions were easily readable from the illustrations.
Feb 02, 2012 Daniela rated it really liked it
Just read this book to one group of 2nd graders. The title really caught my attention. I really enjoyed and so did they! The author did a fantastic job at telling a funny and heartwarming story as well as include some major literary elements to review, such as onomatopoeia and high level vocabulary words. Kids were really engaged and laughed as we read it. The illustrations are also very eye-catching.
Hye Eun
Mar 19, 2011 Hye Eun rated it it was amazing
This book can teach kids about being confidence in themselves. The cow felt bad because he wasn't special. He was just an ordinary cow. But when he laid en egg, he got so popular but the other cows got jealous. You can also teach kids that when something good happens to our friends, we have to be happy for them and not get jealous. A chick indeed does come out from the egg but the chick cried moooooooo. It was my favorite part. I would recommend it to first and second graders.
Jonathan Peto
May 05, 2012 Jonathan Peto rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is not the first time I've read it. It's fun to read aloud because the writing has a lot of voice (Marjorie's, the other cows, the 'crafty chickens'), as well as some interesting words and phrases.

The ending is a surprise and could be used to jump start a discussion about nature vs nurture.
Jenn Swanson
Aug 02, 2016 Jenn Swanson rated it really liked it
A cow is jealous of the other cows because they seem to be more amazing than her. The chickens decide to color an egg and place it under the cow. Soon this cow is known as the cow that laid an egg. Overall this story was absolutely adorable and I enjoyed how the chickens seemed to have this cow's back. My daughter stayed interested throughout it. Would recommend.
Jun 18, 2008 Alia rated it it was amazing
Sometimes it seems like every other picture book that crosses my desk is a farm yard story, but this book was hilariously original and heartwarming. I read it to a group of kindergardeners and they had a blast trying to guess the ending. Their teachers, on the other hand, all let out a collective "awww" when we got to the last page. A great book for all ages!
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