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Author: Cotler, Joanna
After Cow's bad mood spreads to the whole farm, Dog starts a new chain reaction by showing kindness.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (02/01/20)
School Library Journal (03/01/20)
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School Library Journal - 03/01/2020 PreS-Gr 1—Cow ends up with mud on her hooves, and she is not happy. Her bad mood starts a chain reaction of frustration and anger as all the farm animals act out against one another. When Cow makes Duck angry, Duck in turn is mean to Frog, and so on, mimicking the way that children, and adults, are often unable to express their frustration and anger and perpetuate bad feelings. Eventually, Dog stops the cycle when he offers kind words to a distraught Pig. This sparks a change in attitude, and the animals begin making amends. The small gifts and sweet words that the animals share to apologize, including a worm sandwich for Bird and a box of flies for Frog, are also humorous, making the story lighthearted and thoughtful. Bliss's ink and watercolor images add depth to the animals' "Sorry, not sorry" with perfect expressive facial features. VERDICT Cotler's story is a simple yet valuable one, an excellent example for young readers, and a nice reminder for older readers that kindness goes a long way. This would be a smart choice for any collection.—Kaitlin Malixi, Kensington Health Sciences Academy, Philadelphia - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 03/15/2020 This charming chain-reaction tale, set on a farm, contains two valuable lessons. First, if you’re treated badly or unfairly, it may have less to do with you and more to do with what happened to the person (or in this case, the cow, goat, or duck) before you came along. Second, apologizing for what you’ve done—and really meaning it—can have powerful ripple effects. Renowned illustrator Bliss creates a delightfully detailed, old-fashioned-looking farm, where a cow—in a bad mood because her hooves are muddy—sparks the first in a chain of negative reactions. Cow flicks mud at Duck, who then insults Frog, who mocks Bird’s tweets, and so on down the line to Goat deliberately butting into Pig. And then the chain breaks. Pig cries, Dog comforts him, and Pig says sorry—and means it. The chain is reversed, with each animal forgiving the one before it, all the way on back to Cow. A fun and thought-provoking lesson. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.
Booklist - 03/15/2020 - Copyright 2020 Booklist.