The Cow on the Roof by Eric Maddern


The Cow on the Roof by Eric Maddern

Every day Shon goes out to plough the fields, while his wife Sian works at home in the farmyard. Shon feels he does all the work, so his wife suggests they swap work for the day. Shon looks forward to an easy time of it, with very little to do, but he is in for a surprise...This well-known European folk tale carries a message for us all: count your blessings, and stick to what you do best!


The events in this story are comical, and the repetition of the phrase gone is gone teaches a lesson in itself as one thing after another goes wrong. Children will listen in suspense as they try to figure out just what unfortunate event will happen next and the illustrations reveal something new every time you see them. Pay close attention to Shon's shirt if you don't believe me. A funny story with wonderful illustrations, children will love to read this slapstick tale over and over! Who works harder, Shon or Sian? Shon thinks he does while his wife lazes about at home. So they decide to swap. Sian goes out to work in the fields while Shon takes care of the house. And what a tangle he gets into as the pig licks up the cream, the ale floods the cellar and he falls head first into the porridge after he's put the cow to graze on the roof. Some classic hapless disasters in this stylish retelling of a familiar folktale Book Ahead 0-7

About the Author

Eric Maddern studied sociology and psychology at Sheffield University, then spent 10 years travelling around the world. He now performs all over the country as a storyteller and folk singer, and he has built a roundhouse in the grounds of his home, where he holds storytelling events. He lives in Gwnyedd, Wales. Eric's books for Frances Lincoln are Death in a Nut, Nail Soup, Cow on the Roof, Earth Story and Life Story, Fire Children, The King with Horse's Ears, Spirit of the Forest, Rainbow Bird, The King and the Seed and Curious Clownfish. To visit Eric Maddern's website click here Paul Hess was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1961. He went to art college in Sydney and then worked as a graphic designer and Art Director for various companies both in Sydney and London from 1981 to 1991. He has worked as a freelance art director and illustrator since then. His books for Frances Lincoln are Death in a Nut, Nail Soup, Cow on the Roof, Dragon of Krakow, Hidden Tales from Eastern Europe, The King with Horse's Ears and The King and the Seed. He lives in Northumberland.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Publication date

1st April 2007



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