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November 15, 2016 |


Among my family’s favorite youth authors is Sharon Creech, whose best-known work is Newberry Medal-winner “Walk Two Moons.”

My son and I snuggled up with her latest book, “Moo,” during his recent bout with pneumonia. It is the tale of a city family that uproots and heads for a new life in the open spaces of Maine. Our family recently vacationed in Maine, so this book was especially fun for us.

The family befriends an eccentric, flute-playing woman named Mrs. Falala who raises champion cows. The brother-sister duo casts off its city ways and gets right into the barn with a stubborn cow named Zora.

The book is a charming glimpse of the small town life that dots the Maine landscape — from the rocky coastline and friendly neighbors to the agriculture fairs and long bike rides. It is a hopeful story, showing how the puzzle pieces of varied life experiences can connect in just the right time and in just the right place, even if a little cow poo is involved.