It’s Reena and Luke’s mother who meets Mrs Falala at the doctor’s surgery and volunteers them to help her. Yet Mrs Falala is not who their parents seem to think she might be. She grabs Luke’s arm and is quick to mock the children. Therefore, they are resistant to returning. Their fears are exacerbated by her odd assortment of animals, from a pig, to a huge ginger cat and then a snake! However, when she mentions Zora, her cow, they are confused. Zora cannot be found!

When they do locate her, it’s obvious that she’s in a state. She needs attention and care and company, all to which Mrs Falala, and then Zora is resistant. What might Reena and Luke learn from new friends who tend cows?

All is new to Reena and Luke. They are city children inexplicably uprooted to Maine. While it’s by the coast, it’s also rural with seasons about which all their city friends warn them. Yet the possibilities and space and differences of their new home unravel something in both children and then their parents. However, their schedule with Mrs Falala, her seeming indifference to them, yet her growing curiosity, are intriguing. Furthermore, it seems Reena, in particular, might build a connection with Zora. Is it possible that this begrudging Belted Galloway might actually be show worthy? Thereafter, might she need the children’s company and care?

Moo is a brilliant middle-grade novel. I love its tenderness, empathy and feelings of discovery and connection. Bookwagon loves Sharon Creech’s writing and is delighted to recommend Moo to our readers.

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Sharon Creech, illustrated by Sarah Horne

(Guppy Books)

Let’s move to Maine! What possessed Reena to suggest it on the day her family was caught in snarling urban traffic, contemplating their happiness with their lives? The family moved to an area unlike they imagined! What’s more Reena and Luke are organised into helping Mrs Falala, a peculiar neighbour with an odd assortment of animals. She terrifies both children. However, the children’s parents are determined they should overcome their fears to build a relationship. Thereafter, it appears that this hand of friendship they’re expected to extend goes toward the animals, from a cat, to a snake, to a pig, to Zora, her cow.
Reena and Luke are city children. What do they know about cows? However all about them in their new home by the sea, are fields and cows. Thereafter, when they cycle they meet other children tending their herds, including Belted Galloway cows like Zora. What’s more they groom them and show them. Is it possible that a bad tempered, decidedly ornery creature such as Zora could ever be coerced into being shown? Then what about Mrs Falala? It seems that she does not want the children there, she’s quick to grab onto Luke, and then she’s determined to engage them? What is going on? Furthermore, is it possible that the children have something she needs?
Sharon Creech, award-winning writer of Love that Dog, and then Bookwagon favourite Saving Winslow returns with Moo. Like that title, this is a book of discovery, friendship, secrets and love. Furthermore it is a love letter from the writer to her beloved residence. It showcases Maine as a place of warmth, nature and opportunity.
Bookwagon loves Moo and suggests that your middle grade reader will enjoy this title hugely too.


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