by Sharon Creech
Grades 4 & up
When both Reena’s parents are laid off from their jobs, she suggests they move to Maine. She is quite surprised when they actually take her up on the suggestion, leaving their apartment in the big city for small town life in Maine. Reena and her brother explore their new town and are intrigued by the teenagers working with the cows at the farm down the road. They are less intrigued by Mrs. Falala, the eccentric older woman whom their parents volunteer them to help out. She lives by herself with a pig, a cat, a snake, and a very stubborn cow named Zora. As Reena slowly begins to make friends with Zora and learns how to show her at the Fair, Luke makes friends with Mrs. Falala. Told mostly in verse, this is a lovely story about looking under someone’s somewhat prickly exterior for the goodness inside. Plus it will make you want to move to Maine. And hug cows. Highly recommended for grades 4 & up.
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