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Children's Fiction Humorous Stories

Henry and the Cow Problem

by (author) Iona Whishaw

illustrated by Chum McLeod

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Feb 1995
Humorous Stories
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    Publish Date
    Feb 1995
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    Publish Date
    Feb 1995
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1995
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 2 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1


A boy's imaginative fantasies about cows run wild at bedtime, but Mom helps put things in perspective.

Henry looks out the window to check for cows because he is afraid that one night a cow might come right in through his bedroom window. Mom reassures him: they live on the third floor of an apartment building; a cow could not get in very easily. But Henry disagrees--he's sure cows love crashing through windows, and he can think of many ways a cow could get in: dressing up as a pizza deliver person, walking a tightrope from the building near by, or sneaking up the wall! With a little bit of logic, Mom finds a way to cure Henry of his cow problem.


About the authors

Iona Whishaw was born in British Columbia. After living her early years in the Kootenays, she spent her formative years living and learning in Mexico, Nicaragua, and the US. She travelled extensively for pleasure and education before settling in the Vancouver area. Throughout her roles as youth worker, social worker, teacher, and award-winning high school principal, her love of writing remained consistent, and compelled her to obtain her master’s in creative writing from the University of British Columbia. Iona has published short fiction, poetry, poetry translation, and one children’s book, Henry and the Cow Problem. A Killer in King’s Cove was her first adult novel. Her heroine, Lane Winslow, was inspired by Iona’s mother who, like her father before her, was a wartime spy. Visit to find out more.

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Chum McLeod is the illustrator of Business In Bangkok, Belfry Bat the Scaredy Cat, and Aunt Fred is a Witch. She lives in Barrie, Ontario.

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