When Reena’s parents lose their jobs they decide a change is in order and move their family from New York City to a small town in Maine. Reena and her brother Luke adjust to their new lives fairly quickly. They’re not too happy when their mother volunteers them to help Mrs. Falala, a grouchy widow who lives nearby. Mrs. Falala has lots of animals and lots of work for the kids to do. They fall into a rhythm, though, and find themselves enjoying their time at her farm. Luke is teaching Mrs. Falala to draw and Reena is focusing on her cow Zora – preparing to enter her in the fair.
Moo by Sharon Creech is a sweet book about the power of kindess that is aimed at middle grade readers but could teach us all a thing or two. With a combination of great characters and a great storyline, this gem of a book is sure to become a classic.
What makes this book really exceptional, is the way it’s told, though. Creech combines standard prose with verse and the two together tell a powerful story. Moo is engaging, smart, and funny and will hold broad appeal to middle grade readers on up. You won’t want to miss this gem of a book.
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