Title: Are You a Cow?
Author: Sandra Boynton
Age group: 6 months – 2 years
The plot, in three sentences or less:
The reader is asked whether they happen to be any one of a number of animals. Of course, the answer is always no. The final page declares that if they’re not an animal, they must be themselves – and that’s awesome.
As in all Sandra Boynton books, the simple pictures are adorable and fun. The Grumpkin especially likes the penguin and the hippos. The rhyming is charming and cute and after having read this book at LEAST fifty times (today), I can honestly say two things: one, I have the whole thing memorized and can’t get it out of my head. Two, I still really like the book.
The only thing that drives me nuts about this book is the repetition of the chicken. The chicken starts the book and makes another appearance later. Why? I have no idea. Why not just use a different animal instead?
* When we go through the book, we name the animals and point out their features. The Grumpkin enjoys this very much.
* We also do a little tummy tickle at the end when the text says “YOU!” The Grumpkin anticipates this and giggles every time.
* We practice saying (or in my daughter’s case, shaking her head) “No” after each question.
* We have talked about what each animal ‘says’ (as in, the noise they make). I admit, I had to make something up for the hippos.
My Overall Opinion:
This is a super-fun book for the little guys. If you don’t have it, get it.
Here’s a little link to get you started: http://www.amazon.com/Are-You-Cow-Sandra-Boynton/dp/1442417331