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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Trudy (Picture Book)



Released January 2009

www.harpercollinschildren.com

Reviewed by Deb Fowler

Esme and her grandfather were going to the farm auction to get an animal for her. They looked at a black-and-white cow, a rooster (“cccrock-a-doodle-doo”), some stinky pigs, ducks and some other birds not even worth mentioning. All of a sudden Esme spotted a very interesting sign. “‘TRUDY’ FREE TO GOOD HOME.” Perhaps that was just the kind of animal that she had been looking for. It was the right size, wasn’t stinky like a pig, and wasn’t a birdy. Yes, Trudy was going home with them.

Trudy would keep Esme busy and happy. There were chores to do, but she found time to read to her. Trudy’s job was to go into the barnyard and keep an eye on the family, but one day she went back into the barn because she knew it was going to snow. She did this thing for twenty-seven days and then grandmother said, “That goat is a natural-born weather forecaster.” Word started to get around of her amazing talents, but one day she was wrong. The snow didn’t come as she predicted. What had happened to Trudy?

I loved this little story and was quite taken by the love Esme obviously had for her pet. Henry Cole wrote and illustrated this charmer and I think because he wrote it knew exactly how to bring Trudy and her human family to life. This is an excellent book and has that extra little zip that will excite your little animal lover!

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