animals, children

Cows Can’t Jump

Author: Dave Reisman
Illustrator: Jason A. Maas
Publisher: Jumping Cow Press
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-9801433-0-0
Pages: 44
Price: $7.99

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“Cows can’t jump… but they can swim. Gorillas can’t swim… but they can swing.” Not every animal is designed for certain activities. Can you imaging a flying elephant or a tunneling giraffe? The thought that all animals could excel at everything is absurd. But many educators look at children and hold them to standards they could never meet.

Just as the animals are designed for certain purposes, children are also gifted at some things more than others. Cows Can’t Jump is a fun read with great illustrations that kids will want to read over and over again, but it also provides a wonderful message. Reading about the specific talents animals have, and how they also have limitations, frees kids to stop worrying so much about the things they’re not good at, and gives them permission to excel with their natural abilities.

I found myself reading this book aloud just for the sheer joy, and I’m sure kids will love it too. Cows Can’t Jump is already on my list of all-time favorite picture books, and I highly recommend this adorable book with a great message.

Reviewer: Alice Berger