FICTION

Cindy Moo

illus. by Jeff Mack. 32p. HarperCollins/Harper. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-06-204393-1.
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PreS—When Cindy Moo and the other cows on Diddle Farm overhear the familiar nursery rhyme, they begin a discussion on the possibility of a cow jumping over the moon. Only Cindy Moo believes she can do it. After several attempts, a rainstorm, and the resulting puddles, she proves that with the right know-how, a cow can indeed jump over the moon. Excitement rhythmically rises and falls with each of Cindy's unsuccessful jumps. Success unites the herd "whenever rain clouds pass their way/and it is growing late,/they gaze upon that puddled moon/and jump it two by two." Night-blue skies sparkle with stars, and luminous landscapes are home to Cindy Moo and her fluffy stuffed-animal-like herd. Both rhyme and pictures will appeal to toddlers and young preschoolers. Great for bedtime sharing.—Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
After some barnyard cows overhear a girl reading the nursery rhyme "Hey Diddle Diddle," they grouse that a cow can't really jump over the moon; cow Cindy Moo, however, rises (literally) to the challenge. Her ultimate success is a foregone conclusion, although her means aren't. This mild story succeeds by dint of Mortensen's nimble rhymes and Mack's affection for bovinity.

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