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Buttercup's Lovely Day
By author: Carolyn Beck   Illustrated by: Andrea Beck
Selling Points: Poetry, cows, the rhythm of the day
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Apr/01/2009
Pages: 32
Picture Book
Price:  $9.95
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I love this day,
the grass at my knees,
the buzz of the bees,
the fluzz of the flies,
switching my tail
and making pies.

It is so, so fine
to be bovine
to be a cow
right here
right now.
In poetry that winds and wends like a creek through a farmer's field, we journey through one lovely day in Buttercup's life. Whether she is ruminating on the mud beneath her feet or the moon and the stars in the blue-black sky, she draws us deep into her rich and wonderful world.
The Brandon Sun - April 19, 2009
"Beck shows her mastery of lovely language as she shares with her readers Buttercup's discoveries and delights."
The Horn Book Guide - October 1, 2008
"The story's tone is peaceful and contented."
School Library Journal - September 1, 2008
"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."
Canadian Children's Book News - August 1, 2008
"Buttercup's overflowing optimism is uplifting and life-affirming...This picturebook is perfect for a lovely day or a lousy one - reminding us, like Buttercup, to sing thankful praises for life's simple pleasures."
The Globe and Mail - June 21, 2008
"There's much... for small fry to roll around their tongues as beautiful black-and-white Buttercup meanders through her lovely day."
Deakin Newsletter - June 1, 2008
"This is a delightful marriage of imagination and reality, of lyrical languorous text and gentle realistic illustration - a pleasure."
Resource Links - June 1, 2008
"The small details in each illustration truly bring this book to life....A wonderful book to teach children how to play with language! Bravo sisters Beck!"
Quill & Quire - May 1, 2008
"A read-aloud gem...A clever, joyful, playful celebration of creative language, sound, rhyme, rhythm, and repetition."
CM Magazine - April 18, 2008
"Highly recommended."


Blue Spruce nominee, short-listed  CA  2009
CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2009
OLA Best Bets, commended  CA  2008
Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2008

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