Only a Cow

Only a Cow

By Arlene Hamilton; Dean Griffiths (Illustrator)

Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Hardcover, 9781550418712, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 2006

"Chocolate Lily nominee 2007-2008"

"A horse is a horse, of course, of course.
(Except maybe when it's a cow!)"

Lucille isn't like the other cows on Charlie's farm. Not for her, standing around chewing her cud all day. She yearns to run in a real race, just like Thunder, Farmer Charlie's prize racehorse. Lucille's dissatisfaction with her lot in life - and her strange ambition - confuses the other cows. Even Thunder can hardly disguise his contempt when he reminds Lucille that she is "only a cow." She won't be swayed, and one day when Farmer Charlie takes them all to the fair, Lucille stumbles onto a racetrack, and lines up in the starting gate. "Only a cow" - we'll see about that!

But Lucille soon learns that cows are not like horses at all. The racetrack is much longer than she had imagined, and soon she is exhausted as the horses leave her behind in a cloud of dust. How will she find the strength to finish the race?

A galloping text by Arlene Hamilton runs neck and neck with artist Dean Griffith's delightful paintings of farmers, horses, and mostly placid cows.

About the Author
Arlene Hamilton grew up in Chateauguay, Quebec, and went to university in Montreal. Arlene has always loved books, and worked in a library for 10 years. When her three children were young she spent many hours reading to them, and that inspired her to start writing. Arlene loves horse racing too, but the closest she ever gets to a racetrack is when her two cats chase each other around the house. She now lives in London, Ontario, with her family.

Dean Griffiths is a popular picture book artist with more than 25 titles to his name. His many awards include the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Book Prize for Maggie Can't Wait and the Chocolate Lily Award for Ballerinas Don't Wear Glasses. Dean's 2012 title Lumpito and the Painter from Spain has been nominated for the SYRCA Shining Willow Award and was a Bank Street Best Book. His most recent book is Bad Pirate. Dean lives in Duncan, British Columbia, with his daughter.