Sunday, August 13, 2017

A Symphony of Cowbells by Heather Preusser

A Symphony of Cowbells
written by: Heather Preusser
Illustrator: Eileen Ryan Ewen
Published by: Sleeping Bear Press
Date: March 15, 2017

I fell in love with this sweet story the moment I heard it. It has a timeless quality that reminds me of a long told fable.

Book Hooks:

1- In the story Petra and her father have to figure out why stubborn Elfi, the cow, won't cooperate.  I love how they try to help the cow like it's a big ole pet.

2- I love that because Elfi is missing her big brass bell, the whole cow 'symphony' is off beat.  

3- I love little German coo-coo clocks. I grew up with a tiny one on my bedroom wall.  It now sits in a draw of treasures awaiting repair. The illustrator brought the characters of a coo-coo clock right into the story.

You will have to read the story to see where the cowbell went, and how they got it back.  There's a little mystery going on in these pages!  I totally want to go visit Grimmelwald to see an Elfi!

From Goodreads:

Petra just loves spring in Gimmelwald Each season she and her family lead their prize dairy cows into the pastures to graze and each cow wears her own jingling jangling clanging bell What a symphony But when Petra s favorite cow Effie loses her bell the whole herd is out of harmony and refuses to move Will Petra be able to find Effie s bell before it s too late With charming illustrations this whimsical story is sure to delight children and adults alike.