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Sandra Boynton wants to know if you’re a cow

Sandra Boynton is a talented children’s book author and illustrator with a great sense of humor. Last year, I was very excited to see her come out with a big book solely dedicated to cows called Amazing Cows: Udder Absurdity for Children. And yes, the content is quite absurd and very funny. I’ve even featured some of it on this blog (just search for “amazing cows”).

I know she’s written books about many animals before, including a lot of barnyard animals, and of course cows. My kids are too big for her books now but I still enjoy reading them for myself. Hey, girls just want to have fun once in a while.

When I went to my local Target yesterday, I discovered they have a pretty good selection of Sandra Boynton books right now, with, drumroll, please … lots of cows. Check out the cow and pig dancing together on the cover of Barnyard Dance. And of course the classic Moo, Baa, La La La! There are pigs on the front cover, they’re just hidden.

Sandra Boynton Barnyard Dance and Moo, Baa...

Sandra Boynton Barnyard Dance and Moo, Baa…

And then I spotted this Sandra Boynton book called Are You A Cow? and I couldn’t remember seeing it before. That’s because it’s brand new! It just came out in May 2012, NOW!

Are you a cow? by Sandra Boynton

You’ve got to love the cover of the book because this cow looks quite puzzled when asked the question, are you a cow? Will someone please reassure her and tell her she’s a cow. And quite a cute one, I should add.

By the way, I was browsing the children’s books department to find some Star Wars books for early readers, which my five-year old recently requested. Well, I found NOTHING! But resourceful is my middle name and fortunately I ordered some last week from the library, just in case my store search would be in vain. Lucky us, we already got a few to read. I can’t believe the kid is so much into Star Wars already when he hasn’t seen any of the movies yet!

The cows in Anne of Green Gables

I recently decided I should read Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. I never read it as a kid and I understand most American women who grew up in my generation and the previous ones read this childhood classic. So I borrowed the illustrated version from the library.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

When you get the illustrated version of a book, you see a couple of illustrations every chapter to match the text. Well, I had no idea there were cows in this book but Matthew, Anne’s adoptive father, owns a farm and gets to milk cows with his family. So here’s what I saw where I turned one of the pages:

Picture of a cow in Anne of Green Gables

Picture of a cow in Anne of Green Gables

 Oh well, that will teach me to try to catch up with the classics. And on top of it, I thought the book was so awful after reading a third of it, I just schemed through all the pages to be done with it today and move on to my next book. To think of it, that cow looks pissed off. I should have taken it as a sign…

Today’s cows are British and Irish

I had to restock on produce and a few grocery items today so I took a quick trip to the Sprouts Farmer’s market store. While I was grabbing a few bottles of Lifeway Kefir liquid yogurt, I caught a glimpse of something shiny.

I think I found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and if you’ve ever wondered what’s in it, here’s the answer: it’s… butter!

Kerrygold pure Irish butter with cows

Kerrygold pure Irish butter with cows

 I have no idea what Kerrygold pure Irish butter tastes like but the packaging makes it look yummy. And who doesn’t want to eat butter made with milk from grass-fed cows?

For today’s British cows, I’d like to thank Pseu and her recent post on the Milton Keynes concrete cows, or at least small reproductions of them she recently spotted while shopping. To learn more about Milton Keynes, read Pseu’s post and find out how many cows she saw that day. Hint: it’s more than what you see on her photo. Thanks for sharing, Pseu!

Milton Keynes concrete cows - small reproductions

Milton Keynes concrete cows - small reproductions

Decorate your walls with IKEA cow frames

We went to IKEA this past weekend to find some organizing solutions for a couple of our closets. We also wanted to replace some floor lamps that either broke during our move a couple of years ago or were damaged by the kids. This is exactly why we like to purchase floor lamp replacements at IKEA for $10. We won’t cry too much when they get knocked over. Again.

A trip to IKEA always is an interesting experience. We usually drop off the kids at the indoor play area first, where they have fun playing around in the ball crawl, coloring papers, watching cartoons or cooking a pretend meal in the play kitchen. If we have a little time, we’ll browse through the store to see what’s new before working on our shopping list.

This weekend we happened to find something new in the wall decor department. Won’t you look at this stylized cow frame and tell me what you think? It’s only $9.99, quite a steal for a frame this large.

Large cow photo frame at IKEA

Large cow photo frame at IKEA

 Oh, look, they used a green background that almost matches the one I have on my revamped Every Day I See A Cow blog. How about that? I’m so trendy (the IKEA way)!

Where there’s a train, there’s a cow

Earlier this week I took advantage of the San Diego museum program called “Free Tuesdays” by taking my three year old for a surprise visit to the San Diego Model Railroad Museum right after his morning preschool. We didn’t have much time since we had to drive 25 minutes to San Diego Balboa Park, park really, really far away from the museum, enjoy the show, drive back and be back at school by 2pm to pick up my five year old.

I still managed to see quite a lot of cows during our short visit. I found the first one on a sign for a coffee shop. I apologize for the blurry photo. This is what happens when you try to snap a picture with a squirmy, excited three year old hanging on to your other hand. If you want to see a clear picture of this sign I took one in 2011 (click here). I just remembered this is a cyclop cow (I can’t believe it didn’t make it to my Top 10 Best Cows of 2011).

Daniel's Coffee Bean sign with a cow in San Diego's Balboa Park

Daniel's Coffee Bean sign with a cow in San Diego's Balboa Park

 When we entered the San Diego Model Railroad Museum, my son wasn’t quite sure what to expect. As soon as he spotted his first moving trains through one of the display windows, he refused to go any further. It took a lot of convincing for him to understand there were many more trains to see.

I’m glad we got a chance to look at the various displays or I would have missed this large ensemble of cows:

Lots of cows at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum

Lots of cows at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum

 Even the retired volunteers (should I say they’re all men?) know the best company for trains is cows. And not just one, but a whole herd. Wow cow!