The Cow Who Wouldn't Come Down by Paul Brett Johnson

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Miss Rosemary, a farmer of some experience, hasn't the slightest notion how to milk a flying cow. And that's what Gertrude has become. Miss Rosemary calls to Gertrude to come down--but Gertrude is having too much fun. How Miss R. lures her cow to earth is the second-to-last surprise in this rambunctious picture book. Full color illustrations.
 

About Paul Brett Johnson

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Paul Brett Johnson grew up in the small town of Mousie, Kentucky, listening to stories about Jack, the boy-hero who stars in a series of Appalachian folk tales. In "Fearless Jack, " he has drawn upon this rich Appalachian heritage to bring the humor and energy of the Jack stories to life. Paul Brett Johnson is a two-time recipient of the Kentucky Bluegrass Award and the creator of more than fifteen picture books, including "The Cow Who Wouldn't Come Down, " which was a "School Library Journal" Best Book, an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, and one of the New York Public Library's "One Hundred Books for Reading and Sharing." Paul lives in Lexington, Kentucky, where he is currently at work on his next Jack Tale.
 
Published January 1, 1993 by The Trumpet Club. 29 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Solution: a sturdy-looking replacement--stitched together, stuffed, shod with roller skates, and dubbed ``Matilda''--so provokes Gertrude's jealousy that she comes ``down like a rocket..land[s] squarely on Matilda and mashe[s] her flat.'' Johnson, ``a well-known painter from Kentucky's Appalachia...

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In a starred review, PW called this story of a brazen bovine who insists on flying "an impressively polished first book" and "a merry and mirthful story."

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After unsuccessful--though hilarious--attempts to apprehend the animal with a fishing rod and a lasso, Miss Rosemary devises a plan to bring Gertrude back to earth--a scheme that rivals the gift of the Trojan horse for sheer cunning.

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