Written with a songwriter’s skill, this story of animals seeing abilities in each other that they wish to emulate has a cadence that just begs to be read aloud. Along with some of the most adorable barnyard illustrations, this is a story that will have the board book set interacting and joining in with delight as each animal makes the sound of another animal. Even the farmer gets in on the fun!
The way in which the text builds the narrative and the repetition of the animals making the wrong sounds adds to the joy of reading together, and the ending with the farmer will have everyone smiling. The illustrations by Bruno Robert are visually pleasing and add to the fun (that cow ornament hanging by the farmer’s desk!). Highly recommended for endless rounds of reading to those who enjoy playful animal stories and those who read aloud to them.
While appropriately wholesome and published by Tommy Nelson, there is no theological/spiritual message, though an adult reader could prompt a discussion in that vein. Envy and being happy how God made us are the first topics that come to mind, though that is likely to take some of the joyfulness out of reading the text to little ones.
The Cow Said Neigh: A Farm Story by Rory Feek, Bruno Robert (illustrations) | Tommy Nelson, October 2018 | board book, 28 pages – also available as an e-book or picture book
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From the publisher:
From New York Times bestseller Rory Feek, one half of the singing duo Joey+Rory, comes The Cow Said Neigh!, a fun and humorous tale of farm animals who wish they were like the other animals . . . which leads to a farm-full of confusion! This delightful book will be a family favorite for years to come.
The Cow Said Neigh! is the story of some peculiar farm animals who wish they were like other animals on the farm. The cow wants to run free like a horse, the sheep wants a snout like a pig, the dog wants to be inside like the cat. Soon the entire farm is in chaos!
With silly farm animal sounds, clever rhymes, and adorable art, The Cow Said Neigh! will have kids of all ages laughing out loud as they celebrate the unique strengths in each of us.
This delightful board book is sure to be read time and time again.