Jane Millton retells the true story of how two Hereford cows and a calf become stranded on an ‘island’ of grass after the devastating Kaikoura earthquake of 14 November 2016.
Using rhythm and rhyme and delightful descriptive language, the cows’ unexpected night-time adventure unfolds. The clear illustrations support the storyline and the extra details in the illustrations prompt close observation and discussion.
While the earthquake concerned caused considerable destruction, the tone of the story is one of adventure and even fun. The cows support each other and hold on tight as there is much rocking and rolling and slipping and sliding. They tell each other, ‘We’ll be all right! This might even be fun . . . It’s something that we’ve never, ever, ever done.’
After the conclusion of the story the author includes a brief explanation of the true events and also a few ‘Did you know?’ facts about earthquakes.
This would be a good book to read aloud to younger children.
Title: Moo and Moo and the Little Calf too
Author: Jane Millton
Illustrator: Deborah Hinde
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Date of Publication: March 2017
Ages: 3–7 years
Reviewer: Trish Nash
Position: Deputy Principal and Teacher in the Library
School: Corinna School