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The Day the Cow Sneezed
"I bet your cow never sneezed a hole in the schoolhouse wall. Our cow did!" Thus begins is one of the funniest, fastest-paced, tallest-tale stories ever told! The fun mounts as absurdity cascades on absurdity, until at the very end one small boy learns that a "teeny-weeny error can grow into a whopping big mistake almost before you can say Ka-Chow!"
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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Enchanted Lion Books
(first published 1957)
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Published in 1957, Jim Flora's second children's book is a visual feast of crazy happenings, all thanks to a boy who leaves his cow standing in the river while taking a drink one day. The cow catches a cold and sneezes, setting off a domino effect that wrecks havoc in a small town. The imagery is amazing and so inspiring. I've actually had the chance to connect with Flora's biographer, Irwin Chusid, and he provided me with scans of original layout spreads, featured on my blog. You can check them ...more
The moral is: a "little teeny-weeny error can grow into a whopping big mistake almost before you can say KA-CHOW!". The text is a bit long for an all-age Story Time. If you have little ones, it won't work. For preschoolers and up, however, I think it will work beautifully. It's fun and builds up. The illustrations are not my favorite for Children books, since is basically black & white or three-colored. It's beautiful, and probably it will be better appreciated by adults who enjoy art. Still, it ...more
This is a fun book, and one which is concluded with a lesson. Just when you think that no more damage could be done, something else happens, which is at least twice as bad as what came before. The whole thing is one big Rube Goldberg machine, with one thing having to go exactly one way in order to continue the cycle. It's truly a fun read!
This book is fast-paced and full of humor. Time and time again the mob of animals/people/machines gets bigger and bigger and it seems like it just won't end. Children will find humor in this book, and I would have it in my classroom. I really like all the craziness that happens. It opens up an imaginative world full of things that you never thought could happen.
James Flora brings to life what the domino effect means. This story shows us how one mistake can turn into a whole bunch of mistakes. I recommend this book for a good laugh, great illustrations, and a lesson on doing the work you are supposed to do correctly so there aren't any horse consequences.
A cow with a cold sets off a chain reaction that causes exponential havoc. The illustrations were interesting, some pages were in color, others in black and white. The story was a wild and imaginative. It did feel a bit long by the time we were finished.
James (Jim) Flora is best-known for his wild jazz and classical album covers for Columbia Records (late 1940s) and RCA Victor (1950s). He authored and illustrated 17 popular children’s books and flourished for decades as a busy magazine illustrator. Few realize, however, that Flora was also a prolific fine artist with a devilish sense of humor and a flair for juxtaposing playfulness, absurdity and ...more