Cow is stuck in the fence and needs some help. But when Bee passes the word on, it turns into: “Cow put Duck in a tent!” Later renditions convey a woodchuck having a tent fall on him, Cow getting good luck, a penny, some money, some honey, and—with messages like these, will this poor cow ever get out of that fence? Kids will recognize a favorite game—“telephone”—in this story in which a passed-along message gets gloriously garbled. Illustrated with cartoon-style flair, this book is silly-smart, sweet and fun. Though their efforts are decidedly un-smooth, it also offers a nice portrait of a community pitching in to help a friend—once they finally figure out that there’s not really a duck in a tent.


  • 40 pages
  • 9 x 9 inches
  • children ages 4+
  • 4 colors
  • Jacketed hardcover

Rights available for...

  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Portuguese (Europe)
  • Dutch
  • French
  • Spanish