The cow who climbed a tree!
By Angie Quantrell @AngieQuantrell
The Cow Who Climbed a Tree
Story and Illustrations by Gemma Merino
(Albert Whitman & Company, 2015)
Aha! Who wouldn’t love a cow who climbed a tree?
And why would this cow climb a tree anyway? Really? Just picture it.
The Cow Who Climbed a Tree is a wonderfully illustrated book about a cow who was insatiably curious. About everything.
Her sisters? They were only interested in grass.
But this cow had more exciting things on her mind. What about this? Or that? Why not this?
One could say that this cow, Tina, had a great and wondering imagination, to which her sisters always replied with scorn: Impossible, ridiculous, nonsense.
But The Cow Who Climbed a Tree did not give up.
I love this story about a cow who kept dreaming and exploring and doing in spite of the lack of belief from those around her. I think young readers will be encouraged to hold onto and follow their dreams regardless of what others think.
Climb a Tree
(If you don’t have a tree, paint one with watercolors! I fell in love with the illustrations in this picture book. Paint me a tree like Gemma did!)
Head outside and find a strong, tall tree. Make sure you have good pants and a shirt on to protect your knees and skin.
Climb that tree! Pretend you are Tina, a cow, and you are going to climb that tree. Of course you don’t have a tail or cloven hooves, but you can pretend!
Look for finger and toe holds. Rest against the trunk and sitting on top of branches. Watch out for pitch – it’s very sticky. See how high you can get before you are too far.
Was it fun?
I used to be a champion tree climber. I’ve put holes in many a pair of pants from stray branches and broken off bits. And it was never as easy getting down as it was getting up. So do be careful.