The Cow who Fell in the Canal

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Doubleday, 1957 - Cows - 36 pages
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Hendrika, a fine Dutch cow, was bored in her pasture out in the country, but one day she fell into the canal and floated down to the city where she could see all the exciting city things Pieter the horse had told her about.

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User Review  - tsmith44 - LibraryThing

There are two reasons I really liked this book. The first reason being that the writing in the book was very descriptive. Even though some pictures in the book were in black and white, the words of ... Read full review

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Adorable. Probably more of a hit with children than with a (somewhat) cynical adult reading it for the first time. Simple & true message. Read full review


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About the author (1957)

Phyllis Krasilovsky was born Phyllis Louise Manning in Brooklyn, New York on August 28, 1926. Her children's books include The Man Who Didn't Wash His Dishes, The Very Little Girl, The First Tulips in Holland, and The Cow Who Fell in the Canal. She also wrote travel articles for numerous publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Redbook, and Ladies' Home Journal. She died of complications following a stroke on February 26, 2014 at the age of 87.

Peter Edward Spier was born in Amsterdam on June 6, 1927. His formal education ended in his early teens, about a year after the Nazis invaded the Netherlands in 1940. His father was imprisoned by the Nazis for an illustration of Hitler that speculated about what would have happened had he stayed a painter. Since the family was Jewish, they were all sent to the Theresienstadt concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. They were liberated by the Soviet Red Army in May 1945. Spier returned to the Netherlands after the war and served in the Royal Netherlands Navy for four years before immigrating to the United States in 1951. He worked in advertising before he began to write and illustrate children's books. His books included The Cow Who Fell in the Canal by Phyllis Krasilovsky, The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night, Of Dikes and Windmills, and Circus! He received the Caldecott Medal for Noah's Ark. He died of congestive heart failure on April 27, 2017 at the age of 89.

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