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There’s a new cow at our house!

There’s a new cow at our house! One minute it wasn’t there, the next it had appeared. And it came in full color, or should I say rainbow colors?

My four-year old has been practicing his drawing skills with his older brother, as well as in the drawing class they both attended this fall. He’s getting pretty good at it and I can always figure out what he’s drawing. Well, almost always.

This weekend, he delivered his latest masterpiece. I present you the rainbow cow!

Rainbow cow - stenciled cow on rainbow paper

Rainbow cow – stenciled cow on rainbow paper

His brother wrote the “Moo” bubble and text, but otherwise he drew everything else on his own and wrote the word cow. He first showed me his drawing in detail until he stopped and said, Wait, I forgot something!

A few minutes later, he came back and showed me his latest addiction: the cow’s udders! Unfortunately he didn’t finish the hooves so the poor cow looks like it’s got way too many legs. Still, this is the best cow he’s drawn so far and now we have a new cow at our house. Who wouldn’t like that?  ;-)

It’s farm week at school

My four-year old is in preschool and enjoys learning about a new theme every week. This week’s theme was “farm” and it took a few days to get there but we got there, finally. Cow day!

I saw it when I dropped him off on Thursday morning. It was sitting on one of the activity tables, in very large format. And it was duplicated, over and over. One for each kid. And it was a super cute cow.

Cute cow ready to be painted at preschool

Cute cow ready to be painted at preschool

Later that morning my son got to paint his cow with black and white paint. I can’t wait till he brings his masterpiece work home and we get to post it on a wall!

Some cow humor in a bear book

We recently discovered a wonderfully funny book at the library called Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking by French author Philippe Coudray.

Benjamin Bear in fuzzy thinking by Philippe Coudray

Benjamin Bear in fuzzy thinking by Philippe Coudray

This comic book for little ones is full of funny stories about Benjamin Bear, who tends to rely on “fuzzy” thinking to accomplish his feats. A lot of the stories happen to feature the rabbit you see on the front cover. But the third story actually involves a cow, vain (or maybe just silly) enough to let Bear paint its portrait. My kids and I can’t stop laughing every time we read it.

How do you like it?

The cow in Benjamin Bear in fuzzy thinking

The cow in Benjamin Bear in fuzzy thinking

The cow in “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

The curious incident of the dog in the night-timeI just finished reading the book “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon today. It’s been on my to-read list for several years so I was very excited to finally get to it. What can I say, I always get to read other books first.

 I’m very glad I did though – this book is excellent and I highly recommend it. Narrated from the viewpoint of 15-year-old autistic character Christopher, it gives you great insight on how the autistic mind functions – and sometimes mis-functions. It doesn’t take long to realize Christopher is a very sharp young man but has a hard time processing some types of information, especially in stressful situations. This can make him appear “dumb” to people who don’t know him, an understandable yet sad consequence.

I won’t go over the plot in detail because I don’t want to spoil it if you haven’t read the book. But since this blog is about cows, I feel compelled to tell you about a part of the book. On page 141 of my book version, Christopher starts describing cows he saw in a field on his way to France with his parents a few years earlier. Reading his 7-point highly observant description is fascinating since most of us would never describe the same scene his way. He then decides to add a cow drawing to his description, in case someone asks him what the cows looked like:

Cow drawing in The curious incident of the dog in the night-time

Cow drawing in The curious incident of the dog in the night-time

So there you have it. Even when you read grown-up books, you may run into a cow picture. You just never know.

Wow! Cow!

By now I’m sure you’ve noticed that I read a lot of new children’s books with my kids every week. If I showed you every single cow I get to see through this medium, you’d be shocked – and probably bored. You’d also think I’m picking all of the children’s books that feature cows. Indeed farm animals are pretty popular characters and the rule seems to be, if you see ANY farm animal in a children’s book, at some point a cow will appear. Just be ready for it.

One of the children’s books my kids picked to read today is Robert Neubecker’s Wow! America! We’ve read the other Wow! series books, such as Wow! City! and Wow! School! so when I discovered there was a Wow! America!, I had to check it out. 

Wow! America! book by Robert Neubecker

Wow! America! book by Robert Neubecker

In every book of the series and on every page of each book, you’ll find a hidden dog (well, if you’ve got good eyes).  In Wow! America! you’ll find a not-so-hidden cow. The girl milking the cow is called Izzy, by the way, and is the author’s daughter.

Wow! Cow! in Wow! America!

Wow! Cow! in Wow! America!

For you to understand the grandeur of this cow, there’s something important I need to mention. In its open position this book spread is 13 inches high and 22 inches wide!!! So you can’t help but be surprised when you flip to this page. Mr. Neubecker, don’t you think you should have called this spread Wow! Cow!, not Wow! Corn! By the way I love the flower crown on its head – a nice touch.

So what do you think should go right after Wow! Cow!Corn!? How about Wow! Cowboys!

Wow! Cowboys! from Wow! America!

Wow! Cowboys! from Wow! America!

Here’s a whole spread about cowboys (and cowgirls) with cows included (top of the page). Now, that’s what America is all about!