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Cows Can't Fly

by David Milgrim

Published by Viking, 1998
32 pages
ISBN: 0-670-87475-2

Ages 3 - 7

The young child narrator of this story is inspired by possibilities and undaunted by the lack of imagination and busy-ness of the adults around him. When he draws a picture of flying cows–each one round and bouyant as a balloon–his father scoffs. Then the wind catches hold of the picture and carries it away. It lands in a pasture full of cows, and the cows, too, are undaunted and inspired. "Hmmmm," they say, and to the child's delight, "Next thing I knew, to my surprise, a flock of cattle fluttered by!" His mother is too busy in her carpentry workshop to notice them, as is his grandmother on her mail route; and all the adults on the street are too busy looking down to look up. So the child enjoys the spectacle on his own. David Milgrim's delightful rhyming text and whimsical illustrations pays homage to the spirit of a child's imagination, inviting young readers and listeners to embark on fanciful flights of their own. CCBC categories: Picture Books for Younger Children (MS; Aug 17)  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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