Mostly a novel in verse, but with some prose, Moo by Sharon Creech (Lexile: 790; Interest Level: Grades 3-7) tells the story of Reena and her little brother Luke as they move from the big city to a small town in Maine when her parents needed to find new work. Reena and Luke encountered an older lady whom their mother wanted to befriend and ended up "loaned" out to her to help with chores.
As Reena and Luke explore their new world, they discover friends in farming children and in the livestock they care for. In the process, Reena begins to learn to love Maine, the crazy cow she was taking care of, and even the crazier old lady who owned her. This is a gentle, light-hearted book with good, solid characters and family values. Fans of Sharon Creech and novels in verse will enjoy this book. (288 p.)
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