Mrs. O'Leary's Cow by Mary Ann Hoberman

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Mary Ann Hoberman has adapted the well-known song based on the true story of the Great Chicago Fire, "There'll be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight," into a funny and memorable story. When Mrs. O'Leary leaves her lantern in the barn, the cow kicks it over and starts a fire. Hoberman's humorous text and Jenny Mattheson's luminous illustrations keep this picture book comic and non-threatening, and, of course, the fire is put out in the end by 10 heroic firefighters.

About Mary Ann Hoberman

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Mary Ann Hoberman is the author of many books for children, including the critically acclaimed A House Is a House for Me, which won a National Book Award, the NYTimes bestselling You Read to Me, I'll Read to You, and the Sing-Along Stories series. Ms. Hoberman lives with her husband in Greenwich, CT.Jenny Mattheson is a graduate of the Art Institute of Boston and has illustrated such books as The Mouse, the Cat, and Grandmother's Hat. She lives in Berkeley, CA.
Published January 1, 2008 by Little, Brown Children. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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In this adaptation of Brian Wilson's song (originally about the supposed origins of the "Great Chicago Fire"), the excitement begins when the cow kicks over the lantern.

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“There’ll be a hot time in the old town tonight!” rings the jubilant refrain, which is always followed by a chant like, “Fire, Fire, Fire!” or “Water, Water, Water!” The devoted family tries to save the cow that, trapped by smoke and fire, “Was getting warm as toast.” When the firemen arrive, hos...

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Hoberman (I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly) takes off on another golden oldie, giving the ditty about a cow and the Chicago Fire an upbeat ending.

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