Title: The Cow Said Neigh!
Author: Rory Feek
Illustrator: Bruno Robert
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
“There once was a cow in a barn who could see
A horse in a field who ran wild and free.
‘If I were a horse, I could run free all day.’
And the cow opened his mouth and let out a big … neigh!” states at the beginning of Rory Feek’s board book, The Cow Said Neigh!: A Farm Story.
~ What ~
At twenty-six pages, this board book with rounded corners and a padded front cover targets children four to eight years of age. With no scary scenes, it is a rhyming tale about animals on a farm who wish they were other animals and end up sounding like their chosen one. Full page color illustrations of cute animals in broadly painted farm settings cover the pages.
Written in four rhyming lines with some complicated wording that covers two open pages, this short story has a cow wishing he was a horse, the horse preferring he was a duck, the duck wanting to be a sheep, the sheep envisioning being a pig, the pig coveting to be a dog, the dog considering being a cat, and the cat musing to be the farmer. After each makes the sounds of the animal they want to be, the farmer has no other choice but to make a sound too.
Having grandchildren, I love reading silly books to them, especially mixing up the words or sounds that animals make to have them correct me. This is a perfect read when they come to visit as the animals may want to be another animal for a specific reason, but their voices are the only thing that changes. I like the cute farm illustrations and how their eyes were closed when they made their wishes yet opened when they spoke at the end.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like books that are realistically impossible or have no sense of adventure will not like reading this one to a child, for fear they are teaching them incorrect animal sounds. Some may notice that the book never addresses wishing to be someone else, perhaps never accepting who you are.
~ Wish ~
With the topic mainly being observant of other animals and sounds animal makes, the book lacks to be content with your stance in life and that God made you special who you are.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s book that can be a fun and silly way to explain animal sounds, this board book would be engaging. Although I know I will enjoy teasing my grandkids with it, I may have to take a step further by explaining we are all created by God and designed by Him to be who we are so there is no need to wish to be someone else.
* Do note the book is available in hardbound, board book, and kindle format. The difference between the hardbound and board book is that the hardbound has an ownership page at the front and has more pages because the ending is spread out more compared to the board book.
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This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/reviews/the-cow-said-neigh-rory-feek/1128110105