Cassie Loves Beethoven by Alan Arkin

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When Hallie and David decide they want a pet cow, their father reluctantly agrees. After all, the children have promised to take care of it, and it will be an educational experience for everybody. But as the family brings their new pet home to their farm, they can't even begin to imagine how educational the experience of living with Cassie will turn out to be. The cow won't produce milk, and the kids try everything. And then they hit upon the solution: Beethoven. Not only does Cassie begin to produce milk, but she develops an insatiable fascination for music and, well, she talks. But Cassie's love for music may get her in trouble when she decides to become a concert pianist.

This wonderful story from renowned actor and author Alan Arkin explores the unique dynamics that make up every family, the small triumphs that flavor life, and the enduring beauty and appeal of music.

 

About Alan Arkin

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Alan Arkin was born in New York and attended Los Angeles City College and Bennington College. He is an award-winning actor and author who has starred in films, plays, and television shows. His books include: The Lemming Condition, The Clearing, and Some Fine Grandpa! He lives in Weston, CT.
 
Published November 2, 2000 by Disney-Hyperion. 176 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Arts & Photography, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In fact, Cassie becomes insufferable on the subject, urgently questioning her human associates, demanding to hear live music, and then to play it herself.

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At least some of actor, director and sometime composer Arkin's (The Lemming Condition) multiple credits seem to converge in this quirky tale of one quite dramatic and eccentric Guernsey cow, Cassie.

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Hallie and David beg their dad for an unusual pet: they want a pet cow for their farm.

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