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THE COW IN APPLE TIME

Author: Robert Frost

Illustrator: Dean Yeagle

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Publisher: Beekman & Hathaway,

Material: hard cover

Summary: A cow runs through a stone wall to eat in apples in an orchard, and then her milk goes dry. This is a Robert Frost poem that has been illustrated to make a children’s book.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 2.7

Age of Child: Read with 3½ and 4½ year old children.

Young Reader Reaction: I don’t really know because I couldn’t ever get them to sit through it.

Adult Reader Reaction: I wasn’t that impressed by the poem’s suitability as a children’s book: the thoughts and language seem directed towards adults. The illustrations, however, were wonderful, and I was very surprised that the kids weren’t interested enough in the illustrations to finish the book.

Pros: Lovely, colorful, expressive illustrations help kids visualize a poem.

Cons: The poem didn’t keep my kids’ attention.

Borrow or Buy: Skip it. Flip through it at the library to see the great cow pictures and then move on to something else.

If You Liked This Book, Try: OLD MR. MACKLE HACKLE   A SIMPLE BROWN LEAF   PORRIDGE POETRY (A DOCTOR DOLITTLE'S LIBRARY CLASSIC)

Educational Themes: It exposes kids to literature. It would be very appropriate for a poetry unit or a Robert Frost unit in an elementary school.

Literary Categories: Fiction - poetry, picture book, animal characters

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2005

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