When the Cows Got Loose

Illustrated by Ard Hoyt
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About The Book

While Ida Mae's busy daydreaming 'bout how to get famous, her twenty-six cows are busy flying the coop. Now it's up to Ida Mae and her trusty dog Calliope, to rustle up that herd of loitering livestock. 'Cause it's the only after each of those cavorting cows is corralled that Ida Mae can finally get back to the task at hand -- making her own dreams come true.

Carol Weis makes a stellar debut as she joins New York Times bestselling artist Ard Hoyt in a lively tale where one determined girl tracks down twenty-six bovines and discovers the answer to her dreams right outside her own back door.

About The Author

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Carol Weis is a former teacher, actor, school librarian, and pastry chef who writes poetry, essays, and commentary for public radio. Inspiration for this story came after she and her daughter, Maggie, watched cows from a nearby farm roam the neighborhood for what seemed like days, after escaping the confines of their cozy corral. Their hooves made deep impressions in the lawn, ever reminding her of the book that begged to be written. Carol lives in Southampton, Massachusetts. This is her first children's book.

About The Illustrator

Photograph © Dan Grover

Ard Hoyt has illustrated a number of books, including the New York Times bestsellers I’m a Manatee by John Lithgow and The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School by Laurie Halse Anderson. Ard lives with his wife and five daughters in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (July 2006)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780689851667
  • Grades: P - 1
  • Ages: 3 - 6

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