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Buttercup's Lovely Day

by Carolyn Beck, illustrated by Andrea Beck

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cows, farm & ranch life, stories in verse
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Called a "read-aloud gem" by Quill & Quire, this picture book will delight children with its creative use of language and endearing illustrations.

In rhyming text that winds like a creek through a farmer's field, the book takes readers on a journey through one lovely day in Buttercup's life. Whether she is ruminating on the mud beneath her feet or on the moon and the stars in the blue-black sky, she draws us deep into her rich and wonderful world, reminding us all to be grateful for life's simple pleasures.

About the Authors
Carolyn Beck first learned about letters when she was five. Right away she liked them. They make interesting sounds, like the s-s-s-sneaky S, the punchy P and the bouncy B. And best of all, in bunches they make WORDS! (Carolyn also discovered numbers and liked them too, but that is another story.) Carolyn lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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Andrea Beck is the author/illustrator of the popular book series and TV show, Elliot Moose. Andrea is known for creating earnest characters that inhabit a world of warmth and friendship, appealing to children and parents alike. Beck studied at OCAD, York University and the University of Toronto and began her career as a toy designer. Her award-winning designs were featured in Canadian media and sold from coast to coast. Later, reading to her children, Beck was inspired by picturebooks and she began to write. Beck lives in Unionville, ON, with her two sons, her beagle Tillie and about 30 goldfish in the backyard pond. For more information, visit www.andreabeck.com.

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
3 to 5
Grade:
p to k
Reading age:
3 to 5
Awards
  • Short-listed, Blue Spruce nominee
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets
  • Commended, Resource Links "The Year's Best"
Editorial Reviews

"There's much...for small fry to roll around their tongues as beautiful black-and-white Buttercup meanders through her lovely day."

— The Globe and Mail

"This is a rich, beautiful rendering of how cow life should be…A nice read aloud for storytimes focusing on the lives of farm animals."

— Youth Services Book Review

"The iambic rhythm makes the selections easy to read and recite aloud, and the poems would be wonderful additions to storytimes about cows, farms or even during Valentine’s Day programs. Buttercup provides the answers to life’s eternal questions—she loves the simple things and shares this joy with readers."

— School Library Journal

"A read-aloud gem...A clever, joyful, playful celebration of creative language, sound, rhyme, rhythm, and repetition."

— Quill & Quire

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Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Buttercup’s Lovely Day

In this poetic picture book a verbose cow describes all the things she loves about her life, which is everything! She begins with an ode to the day, then to the clouds which “whiff and waft/ and puff around/ dot the sky/ and spot the ground/ but never ever make a sound,” then her tongue, the stream, and, ultimately, her barn and sleep.

True to her name, Buttercup is a sunny cow, conveying the love for the simple things of life, such as nature, friendship, and, of course, chewing her cud. Buttercup’s overflowing optimism is uplifting and life-affirming. This is Carolyn Beck’s second book with her sister Andrea Beck, following The Waiting Dog in 2003, and her alliterative, rhythmic verse is perfect for reading aloud.

Andrea Beck illustrated the well-known Elliot Moose series. Her talent for painting silly, sweet animals is apparent in this book of farmyard folk. All of the 18 twopage spreads are filled with Buttercup’s friends and other animals from the woods nearby: tiny grey mice, curious rabbits, and swooping owls. The long spread panels move from light, bright colours to darker tones, as Buttercup moves through her day and into the night.

This picture book is perfect for a lovely day or a lousy one – reminding us, like Buttercup, to sing thankful praises for life’s simple pleasures.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Summer 2008. Vol.31 No.3.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Buttercup’s Lovely Day

In poetry that winds and wends like a creek through a farmer’s field, readers journey through one lovely day in Buttercup’s life. As the cow dreams about what she loves, she draws us deep into her rich and wonderful world. This tale features acrylic paintings done on watercolour paper.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.

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