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written by Susan F. Smith

illustrated by Maggie Weir


© 2010 by Susan F. Smith Printed in the United States of America All rights reserved. This publication is protected by Copyright, and permission should be obtained from the publisher prior to any prohibited reproduction, storage in a retrieval system, or transmission in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or likewise. Published by Eifrig Publishing, PO Box 66, 701 Berry Street, Lemont, PA 16851, USA Knobelsdorffstr. 44, 14059 Berlin, Germany. For information regarding permission, write to: Rights and Permissions Department, Eifrig Publishing, LLC PO Box 66, 701 Berry Street, Lemont, PA 16851, USA. permissions@eifrigpublishing.com, +1-888-340-6543 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Smith, Susan Fernald, 1940 There’s a Cow in the Kitchen /by Susan F. Smith illustrated by Maggie Weir and the 2009-2010 Third-Grade Class at Southern Door School, Door County, Wisconsin p. cm.

ISBN 978-0-9795518-7-1 I. Weir, Maggie ill. II. Title: There’s a Cow in the Kitchen 14 13 12 11 2010 5 4 3 2 1 Printed on acid-free paper. ∞


To my four fabulous grandkids, Casie, Safi, Saede, and Eliot, — S. F. S.

To the talented kids in the 2009-2010 third-grade class at Southern Door School, who helped inspire, create, and review the illustrations. — M. W.


“There’s a cow in the kitchen,” I said to myself. “There’s a cow in the kitchen Reaching up to the shelf!”

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I peeked in the door When I got home from school, And there was a cow With her feet on our stool.

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Did she come in a window, The chimney, or door? There are hoofprints, I see, On the clean kitchen floor.

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What is she doing? Why is she here? She knows about kitchens It seems very clear.

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As I came ‘round the corner, I cried, “Goodness sake!” That big old brown cow Has baked up a cake!

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She had bowls, spoons, and beaters Stacked up in the sink. She’s been busy in there For a long time, I think.

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There was flour on her nose, Broken eggs on the floor. And chocolate batter On the cabinet door.

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She was putting on frosting, Colored bright red, And more frosting was covering Both her horns and her head.

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Will she leave us the cake? Will she carry it home? Will the farmer wonder Where she went off on her own?

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He’ll be surprised by the frosting And flour on her toes, Maybe it’s his birthday surprise, Who knows?

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Will mom and dad know Who made this big mess? They’ll never believe me, They’ll just have to guess.

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I hope they won’t think The mess-maker was me. I’d better clean up Before they come in and see.

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A cow in the kitchen, How could that be? I know it was true ‘cause it happened to me.

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KIDS ARE CREATIVE Writing and illustrating a book So, do you have a great story to tell and love to draw? Why not make a book? The kids from the third grade classes in Southern Door School in Door Country, Wisconsin, had a chance to participate in the creation of this book. When illustrator Maggie Weir began thinking about how this book should look, she turned to the kids in her community for help. First, Maggie shared a book, “There’s a Bear in the Bathroom,” which she had illustrated for her friend and author, Sue Smith. She read them the story and showed them the pictures. They talked about how illustrations can help tell a story. When you hear a story, do the pictures sometimes look different that what you were imagining? Try having your mom or dad or teacher read you a story that you have not looked at, and before you see what the artist imagined, imagine your own main characters and setting. Go ahead and draw it - and then see if it matches the pictures in the book. Probably not, but that does not make the picture “wrong;” it just makes it yours !

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That is exactly what Maggie asked the kids to do. They were all given the plain prose (poem) for this story, and each kid picked a verse to illustrate. No two pictures looked the same. See if you can tell which verses the kids were illustrating.

illustrated by MaCayla Moore

illustrated by Grace LeGrave

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illustrated by Lexi Wery illustrated by Mariah Allie One thing you might notice is that there are many different perspectives (ways of looking at things) in the illustrations. Sometimes you are looking at the front of the cow, or her back, or maybe she is off in the corner somewhere. Maybe you are looking at the room from up above. An illustrator can use “artistic license,” which really means that the artist can make it however he or she wants to. It’s your book. Do whatever makes you happy !

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illustrated by Max Pierre


illustrated by Shaina Skeletsky

illustrated by Cameron Rass

After the class shared their sketches, Maggie went home to do her own sketches, with the inspiration she had gotten from the kids’ drawings. She visited the classes again, and they talked about colors, perspectives, and other parts of the pictures. The kids made suggestions, and Maggie made notes. Sometimes you might get frustrated when a picture does not turn out just like you want it at first. But even great artists (like yourself) make mistakes, change their minds, and have to revise (change) things. So don’t crumple up your paper and start over. Take a look at your drawing and see what parts of the picture you like. Then take those elements (parts), and keep working on them. Eventually you’ll get it how you like it.

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Most importantly, have fun making your books. And be sure to share them with your friends and family. They will appreciate all the work that went into creating your work of art. Maggie appreciates all the help the kids at Southern Door School gave her, and she looks forward to seeing the books you have made too. Become an author and illustrator!

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Mrs. Rollin’s Class

Mrs. Mallien’s Class

Mrs. DeFrance’s Class

Mrs. Luther’s Class

If you would like to share your book with Maggie and other kids, just send it as a PDF (ask your parents) to kids@eifrigpublishing.com, and we’ll post it on the website.


Thanks to all the artists at Southern Door School in Door County, Wisconsin.

Mrs. Rollin’s Class Front Row: Elise Evenson, Noah Dettlaff, Alyssa DelFosse, Presten Mahnke, Dakota Linz Middle Row: Hannah Lampereur, Bo Buhr, Eli Jeanquart, Cameron Rass, Dylan St. Arnold, Grace LeGrave Back Row: Brittany Dantoin, Alex Quigley, Joe Delveaux, Seth Hanson, Derik LeCaptain, Isaac Surfus

Mrs. Mallien’s Class Front Row: Thomas Self, Shawn Stanzel, Dayton Tebon, Alexis Jandrin, Tehya Bertrand, Haley Dawson, Maggie Grota, Austin Ripp,

Not Present - Joey Pichette

Back Row: Jessica Soquet, Helen Parks, Max Pierre, Hunter Falish, Seth Suess, Kyle DeGrave, Matthew Ray

Mrs. DeFrance’s Class Front Row: Clara Charles, Cameron DeBroux, Austin Griep, Austin Hoeckendorff, Jenna Jonas Middle Row: Justin Kaczmarek, Heath Kennedy, Trevor Kinnard, Jared Linskens, MaCayla Moore Back Row: Gretchen Mueller, Dalton Nessinger, Dillon Ploor, Jacob Schmidtke, Lexi Wery

Mrs. Luther’s Class Front Row: Jared Schmidt, Ryan Charles, Dennis Counard, Mariah Allie Middle Row: Brandon Dobbe, Devon Rouer, Regan Norton, Joelly Lemens, Jessica Jacobson, Shaina Skaletski Back Row: Evan Rebman-Blasier, Kyle Doaust, Nathan Kacmarek, Jordan Soukup, Kyle Malcore, Elyse Columb

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There's a Cow in the Kitchen