The book is about Ricky, a 6-year old farm boy, who is given a gentle, older cow to milk by hand. This true story journeys back to the 1950s and 60s when farming was a family endeavor. Learn how Ricky dealt with the inevitable death of Red the Cow and found a way to be true to his friend.
This is a unique children's book because it's great for preschoolers as well as for school-age children. Even adults will enjoy it. I actually learned some things I didn't know before reading it. The book is written in ABC's. A is for Awakening..., B is for Brothers..., and so on. This makes it easy to read to preschoolers. However, this children's book is so much more. On the sidebar of each page, children will discover what life on a farm was like as the author tells the story. The book also deals with the trauma of losing a much-loved animal. Even though it handles a difficult issue realistically, the story ends in a delightful way. It shows the love and understanding of Ricky's family, and that life goes on and broken hearts do heal. The illustrations are colorful and draw the reader in. Your child will become engrossed in the pictures as you read each page. Red the Cow is a beautifully written and illustrated book children will love to read over and over again.
New author, Rick Harr, just wrote a book about his childhood experience of growing up on a dairy farm in the small rural community of Westphalia, Michigan.
You can follow the author's Facebook page to keep up to date with all the exciting events to come—book signings, farm & craft shows, library and school readings—and to help promote this beautiful and moving new book!
January 19, 2022