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Title:
Audrey (cow) : an oral account of a most daring escape, based more or less on a true story
Author:
Bar-el, Dan, author.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Toronto, ON ; Plattsburgh, NY : Tundra Books, [2014]
Physical Description:
232 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Summary:
"Audrey is a cow with poetry in her blood, who yearns for the greener pastures beyond Bittersweet Farms. But when Roy the horse tells this bovine dreamer that she is headed for Abbot's War, the slaughter house, Audrey knows that she must leave her home and friends sooner than she ever imagined. With the help of a whole crew of animals and humans alike, Audrey attempts to escape the farm she lives on--and certain death."--Amazon.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
870 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.8 6.0 174009.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.6 9 Quiz: 65390.
ISBN:
9781770496026
Format :
Book

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Summary

Audrey is a cow with poetry in her blood, who yearns for the greener pastures beyond Bittersweet Farms. But when Roy the horse tells her that she is headed for the slaughter house, Audrey knows that she must leave her home and friends sooner than she ever imagined. With the help of animals and humans alike, Audrey attempts to escape the farm - and certain death. Cleverly written as an oral account, this unique illustrated tale of an animal on the run, uses over 30 narrative voices, including six humans, four cows, three sheep, two sheep dogs, one pig and a very silly rooster.


Author Notes

Dan Bar-el is an award-winning children's author, educator and storyteller. His writing includes chapter books, picture books, and most recently, a graphic novel. For the past twenty years, Dan has been working with children ages 3 to 13. He's been a school age childcare provider, a preschool teacher, a creative drama teacher and creative writing teacher. These days, when not writing, travelling around the country presenting his book, storytelling or leading various workshops at schools and libraries, he teaches creative writing courses to children with the organization CWC. Dan lives in Vancouver, BC and shares his life with artist and goldsmith, Dominique Br#65533;chault, and Sasha, the most adorable cat in the known universe.

Tatjana Mai-Wyss was born in Switzerland. She has always loved books, so bringing stories to life with her art is the best job she can imagine. She has illustrated a number of books for children. Surprisingly, many of them feature cows! A vegetarian herself, Tatjana can relate to Audrey's desire not to be eaten. Tatjana currently lives in South Carolina with her family and a small menagerie of pets. See more of Tatjana's art at http://tatjanamaiwyss.com


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

More than 30 voices, both animal and human, contribute to this cleverly constructed story of a cow bound, like her mother before her, for the abattoir (or "Abbot's war" as the animals of Bittersweet Farm call it). Framing the story as a series of interviews, Bar-el (Nine Words Max) creates a humorous chorus of perspectives, temperaments, dialects, and cadences. A dreamer and a poet, Audrey refuses to accept that she's headed "straight to the meat section of the supermarket" and becomes determined to flee the farm. With the help of her barnyard friends-including a clever dog, a "master strategist" pig, bickering geese, a pompous rooster, and a nosy horse-Audrey pulls off a comically orchestrated escape, aka "Operation Urgent Fury." As a bumbling reporter and a wildlife enforcement officer follow her trail, Audrey relies on forest animals to elude capture and find her happy ending. Mai-Wyss's (A Giraffe Did One) b&w watercolors bolster the lighthearted atmosphere of this thoroughly charming story of a cow determined to chart her own destiny, inspired by an actual incident. Ages 7-10. Author's agent: Hilary McMahon, Westwood Creative Artists. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-A courageous cow poet, a canine companion, an eavesdropping horse, an intelligent pig, and many more amazing animals call Bittersweet Farm their home. After a mother Charolais cow is taken away to "Abbot's War," her calf, Audrey, begins to ask questions of her fellow animal pals. Eventually, she discovers that "Abbot's War" is no cow paradise; it's a slaughterhouse. The poetic cow quickly puts her energy into finding a way to avoid the same fate. She attempts, but fails, to starve herself, learns how to jump a fence, and more. Ultimately, she is able to use the help, knowledge, and experience of her farm friends to achieve her goal. This is no simple farm story; it is a powerful tale that takes a philosophical stance against today's meat industry. Written in transcripts of interviews from the perspective of various animal and human characters, the book emphasizes the emotional reactions of those surrounding Audrey. These monologues give readers the opportunity to discern different perspectives about the same events. Readers must make conclusions and predictions about the events, weighing the relative reliability of the various narrators. A unique approach to a sensitive topic.-Mary-Brook J. Townsend, The McGillis School, Salt Lake City, UT (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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