Today's book is...
Find a Cow NOW!
Author: Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel
Illustrator: Janet Stevens
Publisher: Holiday House
Word Count: not sure, probably 1,000+
Focus: Beginnings/Endings AND Word Play
Summary: "Tired of hearing dog yipping at chairs and trying to round up rugs, Bird tells him to go to the country to find a cow, but this is one cattle dog who does not know a cow when he sees one."
Jacket Flap: "Dog needs to move. Yip! Yip! He needs to chase. Ruff! Ruff! he needs to round up. According to Bird, Dog needs to get to the country and find a cow, now! A city dog goes on an unforgettable adventure in this sweet and humorous picture book by an award-winning team."
Nap. Nap. Nap. Dog was tired of naps.And here's the word play part. Throughout the entire book.
Yip! Yip! Ruff! Ruff! Yee-haw! Ruff! Ruff! Yip! Yip! Yee-haw! CLUCK CLUCK! PECK PECK! Ruff! Ruff! Yip! Yip! Yee-haw! OINK OINK! SNORT! SNORT! Ruff! Ruff! Yip! Yip! Yee-haw! HEE-HAW! HEE-HAW! KA-BOOM "Call the POLICE!!!" "Help!" EEE-EEE-KKK!! BEEP! BEEP! HONK! HONK! "Get out the way!" MOO-OO-OO-OO-OO-OO "Wait! Slow down!" "Go right!" "Go left!" Ruff! Ruff! Yip! Yip! Yee-haw! MOO-OO-OO-OO-OO-OOFinal 1/2 Spread:
"Stop it, silly bird. I'm tired. I need a nap."Full circle. And full of fun! Kids love it! Especially younger children. I love how the pattern is that it begins and ends with a nap. Hey, this is also a good example of Story Element #8: Patterns.
Is there a type of circular pattern you could apply to one of your stories that could aid in the beginning and ending. Especially if you're struggling with a beginning or ending. Think of a word that could bring extra meaning, another layer, a splash of humor, something to your ms. Quick! Grab a piece of paper and a pencil and jot down the first 20 words that come to mind that relate to your story. Now choose one or two or three of those and play with them. Good luck.
Have you ever milked a cow? Did you grow up on a farm, or was it an out-of-farm experience (i.e. a special field trip to a farm, quite possibly for the sole experience of milking a cow)?
I did not grow up on a farm, though my grandparents did. I have never milked a cow, though I did feed bottles to my cousin's baby cows. Keep on keepin' on...