My kids have a strong liking for a French book that is the equivalent of the “I Spy” series but the funny drawings in the depicted scenes manage to keep their interest high throughout the book as they find every single item on every page spread.
This book takes you through several periods of history and as my son was asking for help locating some items in it today, I realized for the first time there are several cows or other bovines on every page. The only spreads that don’t contain cows are the Roman period, and pirates – somebody needs to talk to the publisher about this.
I’ll share with you a lesson in history. Let’s start with the prehistoric age, where European cavemen chased bisons and aurochs.
I love the way this book pictures the “hunter” behavior of cavemen. My kids have actually asked a lot of questions about their activities, so I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to discuss.
The bisons are smart to run away. I wouldn’t want to be that poor mammoth…
Next we move on to the Middle Ages, where bovines started to be domesticated for agricultural purposes (love the pig in the barn!):
And for food & beverage purposes:
I can only imagine what the cows are thinking… Hey, be careful with that catapult, we’re right behind you!
The last scene depicting cows is in the American Far West:
I think the Indians would try to have a piece of those bisons but they’re too busy running away from the calvary…
And you can’t have a complete picture of the American Far West without the cowboys and their cattle!
Now, did you count the total number of bovines in these pictures? I didn’t but there sure are a lot of them on each page!