2017 CCBC Choices
2017 Charlotte Zolotow Award, Highly Commended Title Tina isn't like the other cows. She believes that the sky is the limit and that everything is possible. But her sisters aren't convinced--and when Tina tells them she has climbed a tree and met a dragon, they decide that her nonsense has gone too far. Read more...
2017 CCBC Choices
2017 Charlotte Zolotow Award, Highly Commended Title Tina isn't like the other cows. She believes that the sky is the limit and that everything is possible. But her sisters aren't convinced--and when Tina tells them she has climbed a tree and met a dragon, they decide that her nonsense has gone too far. Off they go into the woods to find her...and soon discover a world of surprises
- ISBN-13: 9780807512982
- ISBN-10: 0807512982
- Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
- Publish Date: March 2016
- Page Count: 32
- Reading Level: Ages 4-8
- Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.7 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-01-04
- Reviewer: Staff
Tina, a cow with a “thirst for discovery,” realizes the heights to which her curiosity can take her in this sweetly funny story from Merino (The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water). Whenever Tina shares her “amazing ideas” with her incurious sisters (a balloon over Tina’s head reveals that she’s keen on visiting the moon in a rocket), they proclaim them “Impossible!” and “Nonsense!” Undeterred, Tina climbs a tree and discovers a “friendly... and vegetarian” dragon, and the two trade stories and dreams of flying and fire-breathing. When Tina disappears, her concerned siblings venture into the woods, where they find Tina living out her dreams of flight (with help from a parachute) and decide to join in. Merino’s illustrations add greatly to the playfulness of a story in which cows, pigs, and several other flightless animals get a chance to soar; her cows are silly, rotund figures on spindly legs, and she uses splotches of bright color to represent the leaves of trees in the forest. It’s a lighthearted and amusing endorsement of leaving one’s comfort zone, ignoring naysayers, and giving dreams a chance. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)
Flights of imagination
Big adventures are in store for rising readers, as these three picture books celebrate the imagination and its limitless potential. These inspiring tales are all about discovery, exploration and letting your imagination take the lead. Anything is possible!
An independent little girl gets lost in an adventure of her own imagining in R.W. Alley’s Gretchen Over the Beach. With her spiffy new sunhat and toys, Gretchen is ready to spend a day at the seashore with her siblings. But she’s disappointed when they race to the ocean, leaving her alone on the beach. Gretchen plays in the sand until her hat is caught by a gust of wind. She snags it by the tail—a length of red ribbon—and is soon airborne. Flying along with her toys for company, Gretchen zips over the ocean. A ride on the back of a seagull makes her beach day complete. Alley uses ink, pencil and acrylics to create a swirling dreamscape of ocean and sky—the perfect backdrop for the story of Gretchen and her out-of-this-world imagination.
FACING UP TO FEAR
Danny Parker’s Parachute is the uplifting story of a small boy who confronts a big challenge. Toby is never without his parachute. Folded away in an orange pack, it makes him feel less uneasy about descending from his bunk bed or swinging in the park. It becomes very necessary when Toby is forced to climb up to his treehouse to retrieve Henry, his cat. Using the parachute, Toby sends Henry safely to the ground. But now Toby is stranded. How will he get down? With the help of his imagination, of course! Artist Matt Ottley plays with perspective in ingenious pictures that deliver a sense of Toby’s vertiginous experience. His paint, pastel and pencil illustrations are filled with brilliant details (like the stuffed rabbit that’s strapped to Toby’s pack). This is a triumphant tale about defeating fear that readers of all ages will appreciate.
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT
Flying bovines and a friendly dragon—there’s plenty to love about Gemma Merino’s The Cow Who Climbed a Tree. Tina the cow is often teased about her inquisitive mind by her sisters, a complacent trio whose thoughts rarely stray beyond their stomachs. In the woods one day, on a whim, Tina climbs a tree, where a surprise awaits her: a winged dragon! The two trade stories and become fast friends. At home, Tina tells her sisters about the dragon, but they don’t believe her. When she disappears the next day, they make their very first venture into the forest in hopes of finding her. The sisters soon learn that the woods are full of wonder, a place where their wildest dreams can take flight. Merino’s delightful illustrations feature simple lines and bold washes of color. Her story is sure to ignite the spirit of discovery in young readers.