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The Cow That Laid an Egg    by Andy Cutbill & Russell Ayto order for
Cow That Laid an Egg
by Andy Cutbill
Order:  USA  Can
HarperCollins, 2008 (2008)

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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

At the farm, Marjorie complains that she does not feel special; she has no talent or anything that would distinguish her from any of the other cows. Presumably to make her feel special, some of the chickens sneak an egg under Marjorie. Marjorie is, of course, astonished to see that she has indeed laid an egg, and has no doubt whatsoever that it was her own doing; even the farmer is proud of her.

Marjorie takes care of the egg like it is her own, sitting on it faithfully and defending it from harm. The skeptics on the farm include the other cows, who research the matter and conclude that there is no way a cow could have laid an egg. Marjorie proves them all wrong, though; when the chick hatches out of the egg, she takes one look at Marjorie and promptly moos.

The child-friendly sketches are whimsical; the egg that Marjorie lays is spotted like a cow, and Marjorie's baby chick at the end is wonderfully exaggerated. This is a cute tale with a happy ending that should delight small children.

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