Reviewed by Alysia George

Children will enjoy learning about the different things various animals are capable (and incapable) of doing in Cows Can’t Jump, a funny picture book geared toward the preschool crowd. Younger and older siblings will also like listening in during story time. With only three or four words on each page, Cows Can’t Jump would also be a great choice for older siblings to read to little brothers or sisters, or for new readers to practice their fresh reading skills. Since the text is scarce, Mom and Dad won’t mind when they are called upon to read it repeatedly. The humorous, colorful illustrations have a textured canvas look to them that make you want to run your fingers across the pages.

There is a repetitive theme throughout the book (cows can’t jump, but they can ____, and so on), which makes it perfect for engaging young listeners. Cows Can’t Jump uses many descriptive verbs that aren’t generally used in everyday conversation, so children will have the opportunity to lean some new vocabulary.

Cows Can’t Jump held the interest of my 22-month old and four and a half year old daughters. They thought it was silly and they liked looking at the pictures. My older daughter had many questions pertaining to the meanings of the verbs used in the book. As a parent, I appreciate opportunities to teach my children new words in context; and for them to learn new facts, in this case about animals. Making my children laugh while they are learning is an added bonus!

Rating: 4/5

Alysia lives in Metro Detroit with her husband and four children. She writes about family life, parenting issues, and other things of interest to her on her blog, Michigal.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Jumping Cow Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.