``A dairy cow. A city boy. A silver pail. A wooden stool''- -everything but the expertise. Result? ``No milk''—not in response to a pat or a kiss, food or a joke, entertaining tricks or anger. At last, the placid cow grows impatient with the boy's obtuseness; and when she stands over the pail, the boy realizes what he should do. The circumstances are so implausible that they may amuse knowledgeable children—and even some city kids—with their exaggeration, but the story is most effective as a parable. The futility of inappropriate efforts makes an obvious subtext to the succinct quatrains; children will also enjoy chiming in with the reiterated ``But no milk!'' Making her first US appearance, Eitan—an Israeli who has been nominated for the Andersen Award- -provides freely rendered illustrations in pastel and gouache, with bold designs, vibrantly expressive figures, and brilliant colors accented with dramatic black (especially the formally dressed little boy's suit). A fine debut for Ericsson, who's especially fortunate in her illustrator. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: March 24, 1993

ISBN: 0-688-11306-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1993

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A book that will make young dog-owners smile in recognition and confirm dogless readers' worst suspicions about the mayhem caused by pets, even winsome ones. Sam, who bears passing resemblance to an affable golden retriever, is praised for fetching the family newspaper, and goes on to fetch every other newspaper on the block. In the next story, only the children love Sam's swimming; he is yelled at by lifeguards and fishermen alike when he splashes through every watering hole he can find. Finally, there is woe to the entire family when Sam is bored and lonely for one long night. Boland has an essential message, captured in both both story and illustrations of this Easy-to-Read: Kids and dogs belong together, especially when it's a fun-loving canine like Sam. An appealing tale. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: April 1, 1996

ISBN: 0-8037-1530-7

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Dial Books

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1996

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            There are many parallel legends – the seal women, for example, with their strange sad longings – but none is more direct than this American Indian story of a girl who is carried away in a horses’ stampede…to ride thenceforth by the side of a beautiful stallion who leads the wild horses.  The girl had always loved horses, and seemed to understand them “in a special way”; a year after her disappearance her people find her riding beside the stallion, calf in tow, and take her home despite his strong resistance.  But she is unhappy and returns to the stallion; after that, a beautiful mare is seen riding always beside him.  Goble tells the story soberly, allowing it to settle, to find its own level.  The illustrations are in the familiar striking Goble style, but softened out here and there with masses of flowers and foliage – suitable perhaps for the switch in subject matter from war to love, but we miss the spanking clean design of Custer’s Last Battle and The Fetterman Fight.          6-7

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 1978

ISBN: 0689845049

Page Count: -

Publisher: Bradbury

Review Posted Online: April 26, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1978

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