THE COW LOVES COOKIES by Karma Wilson. Illustrated by Marcellus Hall. Margaret K. McElderry Books: New York, 2010. 32p. ISBN 978-14169-42061 hc. $17.99 Grades PreS - 2 E PIC
Following the pattern of Wilson's "Bear" collection of stories, this is a rhythmic, rhyming story about farm animals. Readers follow Farmer to each animal's farm habitat as he feeds them. The horse eats hay, the chickens eat chicken feed, the geese eat cracked corn, the pigs eat slop, and so on until the cow interrupts the flow of the story by sneaking cookies from the kitchen window and the farmer's lunch. As the story continues, the food and animal combination is repeated., "Of Course, we know the horse loves hay. And chickens love their feed each day......" The story has good meter for reading aloud to any audience and the illustrations are large with black outline, making them visible to a large group of children. Wilson has quite a repertoire of children's books, all delightful.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI