Cows Can't Jump


Cows can't jump but they can swim. Gorillas can't swim but they can ... The book continues on in this way through 20 animals and their skills.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Fun pictures help illustrate the idea that each of us has our own talents. With young readers, you may be able to engage them in imitating animal talents.

Content Awareness Factors:

The story carried on the "can't, but they can ..." concept for too many animals. In the end, it missed the opportunity to really drive home the message.

Little Kid Reaction

My daughter (4) was interested in the story and what was going to happen. She was interested for one reading but then didn't want to pick it up again.

Parent Reaction

At first, I thought Cows Can't Jump was going to be good but it was never pulled together like it could have been. It had a good message that even though we can't do everything there are some things that we can do.

Type of Book:
Young readers can learn (and imitate) animal traits in this picture book that can be an easy reader.
Educational Themes:

Within the story of what animals can and can't do is the idea that each of us is special and can do our own things. You might ask your young reader what they can do. This is a great way to demonstrate - and encourage - different types of movement with kids.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read with a 4-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow or skip. Some kids may enjoy pretending to do what the animals do. For the message, though, there are other better books I would pick one of those over this. This is a book that has the potential to last through preschool and be useful as your chil

Title Cows Can't Jump
Author Dave Reisman
Publisher Jumping Cow Press © 2008
Illustrators Jason A. Maas
ISBN 0980143306
Material Hard Cover
Cost $7.99
Genres Easy Reader, Self Worth
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