Tina isn’t like the other cows. She believes that the sky is the limit and that everything is possible. But her sisters aren’t convinced—and when Tina tells them she has climbed a tree and met a dragon, they decide that her nonsense has gone too far. Off they go into the woods to find her…and soon discover a world of surprises!
This book is charming! The delightful watercolor illustrations are matched with a delightful little story, told simply and concisely. It’s a little bit silly and a little bit sweet and perfect for reading out loud over and over again.
First off, I love the illustrations in this book. It’s so beautiful and adds so much to the story. I love that Tina didn’t worry about what her sisters thought, she just kept doing what interested her. When her siblings finally venture out to find her and see that Tina was telling the truth, they end up trying some new things and end up having wonderful experiences together by having the attitude of saying yes!
This is a clever and witty story about a little cow who’s not afraid to be a little different and explore the wide world around her, regardless of how impossible and ridiculous her sisters think her antics are. The illustrations are beautiful and unique and full of delightful little details (like a flying pig!) that add a little something extra. Her siblings eventually join her adventure (despite their initial feelings) and finishing this book I felt all sorts of warm fuzzies: endless possibilities, fulfilled dreams and siblings supporting each other.
Gemma Merino spent the first half of her life in her hometown near Barcelona where she became an architect with very itchy feet. And after living and working in Dublin, Tel Aviv, and finally London, she discovered the fascinating world of picture books. Gemma won the Macmillan Prize for children’s book illustration in 2011 for her first book, The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water, while studying for her MA in children’s book illustration at the Cambridge School of Art.