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Summary: Sue Ellen, a cow, moo-ved to her own beat. She didn't moo, she whistled. She didn't like following the rules. So Sue Ellen didn't want to heed Max's warning. The bluebonnets smelled so yummy...and tasted so good. When spring came around, there were no bluebonnets! Everyone remembered that Sue Ellen at them. What could she do? Was there any way to bring the bluebonnets back? This picture book offers a lesson in taking responsibility for your actions.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Reading Level: 3.6
Age of Child: Shared with nearly 7-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter pulled this from the shelf as something she wanted to read. She spent lots of time exploring the pages before asking us to read the story. In the end, she liked the page where Sue Ellen licks the bluebonnet best.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a story that parents will love. It reminds kids why sometimes it is just better to follow the rules! Sue Ellen is a cute cow, and her attempts to "re-grow" the bluebonnets are funny and totally typical of what you'd expect a child to try.
Pros: Kid will enjoy this humorous story, the colorful pages, and the happy ending.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a cute story and it offers a lesson you don't often see, but unless you live in Texas, it probably isn't one that will stand out from the herd.
Educational Themes: The main themes of the story is understanding that sometimes there are rules for a reason and immediate gratification can have its costs. You can also draw out some Texas history and botany, too.
Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 3.6
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, life lessons