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Kiss the Cow!

Phyllis Root, Will Hillenbrand (Illustrator)


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Prebound (2/1/2003)


"With simple language, predictable rhythms and repetition, and flawless pacing, [Root’s] story begs to be read aloud. . . . Hillenbrand’s immense attention to detail is gratifying" — KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)

When a very curious little girl meets a cow named Luella who is even
more stubborn than she is, who will be the first to back down? Phyllis
Root’s spirited tall tale finds a family of countless hungry children -
and a magic cow who demands a kiss on the nose to keep the sweet
milk flowing.

Praise For Kiss the Cow!

A satisfying treat—from the front endpapers, which depict a multitude of children jumping from a hayloft to the final endpapers of satiated faces with milk mustaches. Certain to be a hit with kids and adults, this deserves a big smooch.
—Kirkus Review (starred review)

A good discussion starter on curiosity and its consequences, it also provides an example of a stubborn character backing down. Flowing language makes it a fun read aloud.
—School Library Journal

Candlewick, 9780763620035, 32pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2003

About the Author

Phyllis Root says, "I did not know what it was actually like to kiss a cow. So I went to the State Fair with every intention of kissing a cow. But when I got to the cow barn, there were all these 4-H kids who had raised their cows and were so proud of them. Somehow it didn't feel respectful to ask if I could kiss their cows."

Will Hillenbrand says he drew on memories of summers spent on a farm with his aunt and uncle and their thirteen children. "My cousins were full of practical jokes for me—the city kid—like squirting my face while milking the cow. My aunt was incredible. She never stopped working and could never imagine not working. It was such a warm, lively place, and I hope that comes through in the pictures." He also admits to trying to kiss a cow on a farm in Wisconsin. "I was willing," he recalls, "but the cow wasn't."