The Cow Said Neigh!: A Farm Story by Rory Feek

New York Times bestseller Rory Feek, The Cow Said Neigh! comes to a bookstore near you, tomorrow October 2nd. This delightful picture book is sure to be read time and time again. I would like to thank Thomas Nelson and Netgalley for an Advanced Digital Copy in exchange of my honest review. 

The publisher shares: A fun and humorous tale of farm animals who wish they were like the other animals . . . which leads to a farm-full of confusion! The cow wants to run free like a horse, the sheep wants a snout like a pig, the dog wants to be inside like the cat. Soon the entire farm is in chaos! With silly farm animal sounds, clever rhymes, and adorable art; will have kids of all ages laughing out loud as they celebrate the unique strengths in each of us. 

An answer to the age old question, Is the grass greener on the other side? It seems as though the animals think that they are. Things go awry when a group of farm animals investigate what it feels like to switch places – much to their farmer’s surprise! Inspired by some of the animals on Feek’s own farm this is an entertaining story which comes to life with the vivid illustrations from Bruno Robert.

I would love to follow this reading of the book with a writing activity that would include an argumentative piece that the students would have to agree or disagree of why or why not the animal was correct or incorrect about the life of the other animal; providing evidence from research about what we know about the animals and their typical lives. Did the animals in the book have it right? 

Another activity would include a discussion of what were to occur if we had no more cows, because they all became horses or if we had no more dogs, because they all became cats! I would end the discussion by reminding them that ALL animals and people have a purpose and the world would not be complete without each of them doing what they were suppose to do!

Rory Feek is a true renaissance man, known as one of Nashville’s premiere songwriters, entrepreneurs, and out-of-the-box thinkers. He is a world-class storyteller, crossing all creative mediums, from music and film to books and the Internet, and is the New York Times bestselling author of This Life I Live. As a blogger, Rory shares his heart and story with the world through As a songwriter, Rory has written multiple number-one songs. As an artist, he is half of the Grammy-winning county music duo Joey + Rory. He and his wife, Joey Martin, toured the world and sold hundreds of thousands of records. As a filmmaker, Rory wrote and filmed the touching documentary To Joey, With Love and directed the upcoming feature-length film Josephine, an epic love story set during the declining months of the Civil War. Rory and his youngest daughter, Indiana, live an hour south of Nashville in an 1870s farmhouse near their family-owned diner, Marcy Jo’s Mealhouse.

Reviews PublishedI read this book as a part of my #BookaDay Reading Challenge, inspired by Donalyn Miller. My goal is to read at least one children's literature book every weekday and share my thoughts here on my blog. Please feel free to subscribe or connect with me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time ...

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