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Follows the efforts of twelve-year-old Reena, who has recently moved to rural Maine, to adjust to a new environment while unexpectedly bonding with an ornery cow.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Joanna Cotler Books,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2016
ISBN: 9780062415240
Characteristics: 278 pages


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A surprising bond between a 12-year-old girl and a very ornery cow forms when Reena moves with her family from New York City to rural Maine. ** Recommended for ages 7 to 12 years.

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Sep 27, 2017

The ending did not work for me, the sad part or the wrapped-up-in-a-bow part. Too bad a city girl taking an ornery cow to the fair wasn't considered dramatic enough to lead to a different denouement.

Sep 25, 2017

A 2018-2019 Missouri Mark Twain Readers Award preliminary nominee (grades 4-6).

A novel in verse. A fish out of water story about 2 city kids who move to rural Maine seemingly on a whim and are forced to volunteer on a farm for an eccentric neighbor.

It's cute. It just seemed pretty predictable to me and lacked the charm of some of Creech's other books.

Jun 09, 2017

yay for this book i did it for a novel study at school and it worked perfectly woo hoo i <3 this book

i also <3 sharks

JCLEmilyD Mar 14, 2017

I've enjoyed every book I've read by Sharon Creech! This one was about a brother and sister, Luke and Reena, who befriend a cranky old lady and start caring for her animals, including a stubborn cow named Zora. Reena, born and raised in NYC doesn't consider herself outdoorey and certainly doesn't know how to care for a cow. This novel in verse tells the story of Reena and Zora. Well worth the read.

Feb 09, 2017

Quick read, lots of white space. Wish I had slowed down, because I thought it ended a bit quickly. Fun to read.

MsCourtney Jan 02, 2017

Fast-paced story following a families'move to Maine told through lyrical poems. The characters are rich and dimensional.

lynnchou Dec 23, 2016

Sharon Creech is one of my favorite author. She always introduces places to her young readers and connects them to the nature, animals and people. This book is the same, very uplifting. Not only the younger readers will like it, the adults will enjoy it too.

Dec 04, 2016

While the story is written in prose, it emphasizes Reena's frustrated moments. Great story. Contains reality, humor, and little sadness. Great story for kids in Elementary and early Middle School. Heck, I liked it and I'm an adult. Reena is new to life in Maine. Zora, "Moo," helps her adjust to her new life. Great story.

Nov 15, 2016

I'm loving the blend of light humor with realism. City girl moves to the country and learns how to show a cow. Its written in poetry form, but its the fun kind where words sprawl across the page in style. This is one of those books that I wish was written as a regular book, but I think the poetry style will work better for our younger generation. A touching book and I absolutely fell in love with the cow. Someone did a wonderful job picking out this book! Crowd appeal with a unique story and rich characters. The ending packs a punch too. Good quick read I'd highly recommended

Verse and narrative storytelling about a family that escapes the big city to settle in a small community in Maine, and how caring for the animals leads to new friends and fun.

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Sep 27, 2017

My mother had been a reporter and could not help asking questions. She would talk with anyone about anything, and people told her things they might not even tell their family or friends.

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