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There's a Cow in the Cabbage Patch

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All the animals in this mixed-up farmyard are out of place. The children want to know what to do, and of course there's an easy answer. The playful text in this book is accompanied by collage art in felt, stitched with antique fabrics, buttons and other bric-a-brac.
Board Book, 24 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Barefoot Books (first published January 1st 2001)
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With clever rhymes, Clare Beaton tells the story of farm animals who are not where they are supposed to be. The cow is in the cabbage patch instead of the dairy, a dove in the dairy instead of the birdhouse, a rooster in the stable instead of the henhouse, and many more misplaced animals. The farmer has to figure out how to get the animals to go where they belong. He tells all of the animals that it is dinner time, and finally they all go the proper place for their food.
The illustrations are do
Big Book Little Book
This is the story of a group of farm animals who have all gone somewhere they shouldn’t! The farmer and his wife are wondering how they are going to get them all home again.

Both my girls (aged 3 ½ and 17mths) really enjoy this story. It is simple, and the repetition of parts of the dialogue mean my older one can join in from memory whilst her little sister is engaged in trying to make the relevant animal noises for each page - the donkey is her current favourite! It has generated much discussion
Sarah Sammis
There's a Cow in the Cabbage Patch is a delightful children's board book from England. It's a collaboration between Clare Beaton, known for her handcrafted illustrations and Stella Blackstone.

The cow and a number of other farm animals have gotten loose and are making nuisances of themselves. Can the two farmers round up the animals before they cause too much trouble?

Stella Blackstone's rhymes are cute and humorous but it's Beaton's felt, bead and button quilt collages that make the book extra sp
These animals don't know where there living area is on the farm. There is a refrain of "what shall we do". Illustrations were constructed using felt with stitching for detail and a few buttons for eyes.
Amanda Zell
The illustrator of this book did not waste an inch of any page.

The pictures in this children's book were very "real to life". It appeared as though the each individual piece of the picture was just your basic felt, and had been cut to shape and sewn on to the background. Therefore, I would consider the texture of the pictures to be very rough. The illustrator did a wonderful job of using the entire page for the illustration anad none of the pictures would be considered to have negative space. In
The 'illustrations' in this book are actually pictures of quilting - they are wonderful. The story is a silly one about farm animals who are all in the wrong place and the farmers who try to get them back home. Adeline loved making the animal noises in the book. I think it would be great for older toddlers to pre-schoolers since they will understand the humor in the animals being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Amazing fabric illustrations, cute little rhyming animal story -- would work well, I think, for toddler story time. Confusing thing: the cover and title page both attribute the book only to Clare Beaton, who is the illustrator. The text is by Stella Blackstone, but she is only credited in the back of the book with the copyright information.
In this concept book, the animals are not in the right place on the farm, and the farmer can't figure out how to get them to go back to where they belong. I also like how the illustrations are photographs of collages made with felt. I used this book for a farm-themed Spanish story time program.

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Great read aloud for young readers. Librarians and teachers can easily come up with activities to go with this book. All these naughty barn animals are not where they belong. How can the farmer get them all back in their homes?
Christine Turner
All the animals in this mixed-up farmyard are out of place, but when dinnertime comes around, suddenly they are all back where they belong.

Spanish edition: Hay una vaca entre las coles
The story here is simple and fine, but the illustrations are the real standout. They are intricate works of felt with not an inch wasted and are absolutely gorgeous!
This was a pretty good book, but a little boring for a 3 1/2 y/o. It would've been perfect for a 1 yr old up to 2 or so.
A book with fantastic illustrations and great vocabulary to talk about with the Tiny Tots group in this adventure on the farm.
Good pictures, clever rhyme.
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