Published by Lothian Children's Books on 2009
Genres: fiction, picture book
This is the cow who was chewing her cud, as she went for a drink and got stuck in the mud A girl passing on her horse gets her dad passing in his ute to help unstick the cow. The ute gets bogged, the neighbour s tractor and plough get bogged who will rescue them all now? Great rhythm and rhyme in a funny story of mayhem caused by the placidly chewing cow.
I love Twitter. I know I’ve said it before, but it’s worth mentioning again because I found out about this book by chatting with This is the Mud! author Kathryn Apel on Twitter.
This is a wonderfully Australian picture book that thankfully avoids the overtly Australian trappings many books force into their stories. Anyone who has lived in a farming area will appreciate the way the story presents both the hazards of drought (the cow stuck in the mud of the dried-up dam) and the sense of community that exists in these areas, shown by the several characters who work together to free the stranded cow.
As mentioned in the publisher blurb, the text has a ‘House that Jack Built’ feel, although this is achieved primarily through the rhyme and rhythm, as the story does not have the repetitive story pattern of the original.
I had fun reading this story with my children and ‘knowing’ the author through Twitter added an extra element of enjoyment. Highly recommended for anyone with toddlers or preschool-aged children.
For the record, my favourite illustration is at the point where they are finally rescuing the cow from the mud. Just before she is lifted out, she gives a disgruntled look over her shoulder. I’ve worked with cattle on a friend’s property and I’ve seen that look before. 🙂by