Appealing Story Told in Verse

I was not quite sure what to expect from this book.  It is a story that is told partially in verse with a cow on the cover.  I mean how often does 4-H meet poetry?  But I was so pleasantly surprised that I read it in one sitting.  I think my kids even started to get nervous that I would consider moving them to Maine when I opined about life outdoors and back to nature.  This is just an appealing story told in verse that stayed with me in the best way.

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Title: Moo: A Novelmoo appealing story told in verse

Author: Sharon Creech

Series: No

Target: Grades 4-7

What this book is about:

Twelve year old Reena and her younger brother Luke have moved with their parents from the busy and bustling New York City to Maine. Reena and Luke are set loose on their own to discover their new town and they are volunteered to help a neighbor Mrs. Falala with chores. Turns out those chores involve an ornery cow named Zola who comes from championship lineage. As the summer wears on, Reena finds herself in completely new circumstances, but not necessarily unpleasant ones, if you don’t count the flies and the cow manure.

Why I love this book:

  • This book absolutely charmed me. Sure, it was a little formulaic, but I loved how Reena gets her feet muddy and gives this new life a go. Mrs. Falala is a crotchety old lady, but her heart is in the right place and even Zola the cow realizes she won’t do better than the love showered on her by Reena and Luke.
  • This story is told in a combination of verse and prose and I really enjoyed it. The author plays with typeset and fonts all to create and enhance the imagery in the story. It is a very visual way of creating a feeling without pictures and it works.
  • This book is great exposure to country life. I wanted to pick my kids up and move them to Maine after reading this story. Hey, it’s not always an easy life, but there is something so satisfying about it.

Who this book is for:

Great for more reluctant readers because the text does not feel overwhelming at all. Perfect for kids who are fans of realistic fiction.

Final thoughts:

I may not want a cow after reading this story, but I do have a new appreciation for the animal. Plus, how awesome is this book cover?

To purchase this book:

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