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By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

City kids meet cow in fun tale of empathy, perseverance.

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The story is familiar -- children learn life lessons from a cranky elderly person -- but Sharon Creech's delightful writing makes this book feel fresh as a dewy morning on the farm. Moo is chock-full of gorgeous phrases ("a harlequin city," "inkwell eyes") that make its strong message about kindness and empathy seem light and fun. Lively visual treatment of the text adds to the pleasure of reading: Rain pours down the page, "soft, gray fffffffog" hovers, and flute music floats through the air.

As Reena transforms from an "inside girl" to an "outside girl," her world expands to include new friends, respect for hard work and skill, and deeper appreciation of kindness. Mrs. Falala will be a familiar type to many young readers; as her character is more fully revealed, children might look at the older people in their lives with more curiosity and empathy.

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