Prudence the Part-Time Cow

illus. by Stephanie Laberis. 32p. Holt/Godwin. Jun. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781627796156.
K-Gr 2—Prudence looks and acts like any other cow, but in reality, she's only a part-time pasture resident. A lifelong reader, she is also a scientist and architect, and she peruses the pages of Bovine Engineering in her spare time. The rest of the cows don't see her as "normal" and certainly NOT "part of the herd." Prudence calculates water temperature and wind speed while standing in the pond, counts the calves as they leave the water, and comes up with inventions to help her friends, but the other cows insist, "She'll never be one of us." Colorful digital art with cartoon humor gives readers plenty of visual clues while Prudence suffers humiliation and attempts to establish her place. It takes a bit of "Cow Power" as Prudence harnesses her creative strengths to find her role among the other cows. Readers will appreciate her newly expanded role and her determination to be a full-time member of the herd.
VERDICT A recommended general purchase for libraries with budding scientists and persistent, late-night readers. This tale speaks to creative minds just trying to fit in.

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