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Something to Tell the Grandcows

Author(s): Eileen Spinelli

ISBN13: 9780802852366

ISBN10: 080285236X


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  • When Emmadine the cow learned that Admiral Richard E. Byrd was looking for a few good cows to take to the South Pole, she volunteered - boldly going where no cow had gone before.

    Loosely based on a historical event, Eileen Spinellis humorous tale of Emmadines adventures will delight young readers, while Bill Slavins bold acrylic illustrations bring this unique and heroic cow to life.

  • Eileen Spinelli


    Eileen Spinelli is the author of numerous picture books and novels, includingSomething to Tell the GrandcowsNow It Is Winter (both Eerdmans), Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, and When Mama Comes Home Tonight (both Simon & Schuster). Eileen lives in Pennsylvania.



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    Slavins acrylics evince a softly textured, frescoesque feel; Emmadines a sturdy and cheerful Guernsey, but its the landscapes and local fauna that make the most of the smudgy shading and frosty highlights. This could be used with Caroline Alexanders Mrs. Chippys Last Expedition for a focus on adventurous animals, or just as an amusing accompaniment to a serving of ice cream.

    - Bulletin of the Center for Childrens Books

    Apparently several cows did accompany Byrd on his 1933 trip to the Pole. Spinelli has taken that fact as her jumping-off point for this charming and instructive tale. Slavins spirited acrylic illustrations are a perfect match.

    - Kirkus Reviews

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Something to Tell the Grandcows