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Children's Fiction Farm & Ranch Life

Six Darn Cows

by (author) Margaret Laurence Estate

illustrated by Ann Blades

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2011
Farm & Ranch Life, Farm Animals
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2011
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2011
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
  • Reading age: 3 to 8


"Those darn cows!" said Tod. "I wish they'd just get lost!"
But when the cows do get lost, it's up to Tod Bean, his sister Jen Bean, and their black dog Zip to find them and bring them home. Tod and Jen learn that on a farm, everyone helps.
Short chapters and easy-to-read text make this story a perennial favourite.

About the authors

MARGARET LAURENCE was the author of many classic works of fiction, and twice won the Governor General's Award.

Margaret Laurence Estate's profile page

Ann Blades is one of Canada’s leading illustrators. Her distinctive watercolors appear in many children’s books, including A Salmon for Simon, which won the Governor General’s Award for Illustration and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award; By the Sea: An Alphabet Book, which won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award; and A Dog Came, Too by Ainslie Manson. She is also the author and illustrator of Mary of Mile 18, for which she won the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year for Children Award. Ann returned to teaching in 2001 and now teaches kindergarten at an inner-city school in Surrey, British Columbia.

Ann Blades' profile page


  • Winner, Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection

Editorial Reviews

Originally published in 1979 and 1980 as part of the "Kids of Canada" series, Six Darn Cows and Anna's Pet have both been long out of print. Now these two Canadian classics have been repackaged for a new generation of beginning readers....these two titles are perfect for children almost ready for chapter books. They also have nostalgic appeal for many parents as well.
Highly Recommended.
Linda Ludke is a librarian in London, ON.

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"A satisfying rural story, both as a picture book and as a beginning reader."

Ottawa Citizen

"Pair this story with to introduce children to classic stories set in the countryside."

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