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Title:
When Bluebell sang
Author:
Ernst, Lisa Campbell.
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Edition:
First Aladdin Books edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Aladdin Books, 1992.

©1989
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged): chiefly color illustrations; 26 cm
Summary:
A singing cow's talent brings her stardom, but she soon longs to be back at the farm--if she can get away from her greedy manager.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
480 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.5 0.5 5497.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.5 2 Quiz: 12442 Guided reading level: L.
ISBN:
9780689715846
Format :
Book

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Bluebell is a singing cow -- and a dream-come-true for unscrupulous talent agent, Big Eddie. When Bluebell sings, no one can resist her. A diva in demand, she packs concert halls, sets fashion trends, and travels across the country in style.But while Big Eddie rakes in the profits, Bluebell longs for the green pastures of homes. Plotting a clever escape, she leaves the fast life behind and teaches Big Eddie a lesson. Readers will cheer as Bluebell outwits the wily impressario in his whimsical story of fame and its rewards.


Author Notes

Lisa Campbell Ernst was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 1957. She received a Bachelor's degree in art from the University of Oklahoma, and then won an internship as a guest editor for Mademoiselle Magazine in New York City. She has written and illustrated over twenty picture books including Stella Louella's Runaway Book, which won the Children's Choice Award in Kansas, and Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5-8. Bluebell the cow's talent for singing brings her fame, but she soon yearns to be back on the farm where it's peaceful and quiet.


Publisher's Weekly Review

Bluebell is no ordinary cow; this bovine beauty has an amazing singing voice. Farmer Swenson takes her to perform in town, where a nasty talent scout discovers her. Big Eddie lures Bluebell (and Swenson) away from the farm for a cross-country concert tour, where Bluebell becomes all the rage, setting fashion trends and winning the heart of anyone who hears her. As the months pass, Bluebell and Swenson become increasingly homesick. When they finally realize what a chiseler Big Eddie really is, Bluebell comes up with an ingenious scheme to get them home and to keep them there. And although she sheds her fancy duds and becomes one of the herd again, Bluebell continues to sing privately. Ernst's heroine exhibits a great deal of spunk, depicted in full-color illustrations that cram plenty of action into each page. Souvenirs and mementos of the grand tour also grace the book. Bluebell may have given up concerts, but she'll continue to win readers' hearts. Ages 3-6. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-- When Farmer Swenson discovers that his cow, Bluebell, is a gifted singer, he takes her to town where everyone can enjoy her beautiful voice. Enter Big Eddie, an unscrupulous talent agent who signs Swenson and Bluebell to a month's concert tour. After all, Swenson could use the money and Bluebell is agreeable despite misgivings over her new wardrobe. Overnight Bluebell becomes a star! With a success on his hands Big Eddie has no intention of honoring his agreement. However, homesick Bluebell and Swenson manage quite ingeniously to outsmart the wily impresario. The pastel-hued, cartoon-like illustrations are humorous without being silly. The text, which appears opposite the illustrations, is decorated with drawings of Bluebell's mementos--photos, tickets and posters--which add to the fun. An amusing, lighthearted tale ideal for early grades story hours, and also an enjoyable read-alone for third and fourth graders. --Phyllis G. Sidorsky, National Cathedral School, Washington, D . C . (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.