The Cow in Apple Time by Robert Frost

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This short poem, written in 1914 by beloved American poet Robert Frost, is a humorous ode to a headstrong Holstein who crashes through a stone wall into the apple orchard of a New England farm. Gorging delightedly on the fallen fruit, she drools and bellows impressively in the funny illustrations that eventually reveal an aftermath that is not so happy as the fruit ferments in her stomach and she can't give milk. Drawing on his real-life experiences as a farmer, Frost tells his tale in perfect rhyme and with a rhythmic syncopation in the style of early jazz. Amusing and playful, the illustrations present a perfect pairing of word and picture.

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Robert Frost was born in San Francisco in 1874 and moved to New England as a boy. Four of his volumes of poetry, Collected Poems, A Further Range, New Hampshire, and A Witness Tree were awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Dean Yeagle is an award-winning artist whose clients include Walt Disney Productions, Warner Brothers, and Jim Henson Associates. A designer, director, and animator in TV, film, and electronic media, he also illustrates children's books and designs characters for corporate clients. He lives in Westchester County, New York.
Published September 28, 2005 by Beekman & Hathaway. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The humor in this early Frost poem—about a cow whose udder goes dry thanks to overindulging on windfalls—is largely between the lines, but that’s where Yeagle goes, providing Bill Peet–style illustrations of a knobby Holstein (named “Cleo”) with large, long-lashed eyes and an avid expression leap...

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The book contains many poems to delight a child.

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