"Cows can't jump...but they can swim." And so begins a book all about animals who can't do one thing, but can do another. After a whole parade of animals, it ends with "Sloths can't leap, but they can sleep." Since every animal can sleep (at least I think they can), the book ends there - only after lots of pages with room for laughs, giggles, questions, and explanations.
The back cover of this book reads: "Vibrantly illustrated, Cows Can't Jump will help young readers learn diverse and dynamic words, while absorbing a subtle yet powerful message that builds self-esteem and teaches respect and humility." Quite bold claims for a simple picture book! Good news - it's all true.
"Cows Can't Jump" by Dave Reisman is a beautiful book. It does have a LOT of animal pairs though, and you may start wondering if it will finish. But it does, and just in time for your child to say "again, again!"
Book for Children Ages: 18 months to 5 years old
- What was your favorite animal in the book?
- What are some things that you are good at?
- Can you tell me some things that your brother/sister/friend is good at?
- Which one of the animals is the funniest to you?
- Take a nature walk and see how many animals you can see. What kinds of things are they doing?
- Make your own animal book. Fold several pieces of construction paper together into a book and staple. Then look through magazines, or take pictures of animals where you live - you can even take a picture of your pet. Glue a picture on each left hand page of your book. Then use the right side page to write down things you observed or learned about the animal (such as what they eat, how they move, or what sounds they make).
Children's Book Review Rating: 5 Stars - Beautiful Book*