Great Books for Grandmoms and Moms to Share

I love to read. I know that a large reason I love books is because my mom was a reading teacher and an avid reader herself. My grandmother read me Briar Rabbit stories and Ferdinand the Bull over and over again and then she read the same stories to my younger brother and cousins. The teacher in me believes in the power of reading and knows that it unlocks the doors of our imaginations. A good reader is most often a good student.

I can’t think of a better way to bond with children than through reading. So today I’m beginning what I hope will be the first of many columns about books.  Most of the time I will write about books for children, but occasionally I will review adult books for moms and grandmothers. (I am currently reading Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah and loving it!)

I’m starting this book review with one of my all time favorites.

Hunting the White Cow by Tres Seymour

Hunting the White Cow by Tres Seymour

I came across this book at a book fair in Frankfort, Kentucky.  The author was there signing copies ( a really nice guy and former park ranger). I got a copy for our twin boys who were then about nine years old and I’ve been reading it to children every since. I read it to my nephews, my granddaughter and when I am invited to read at schools to children, I often choose this book to take with me.

Why? Because it’s a book I can really relate to. It’s about a little girl who grows up around farmers (like I did) whose father has a cow who always jumps the fence and gets into trouble (my dad had cows just like this).  The descriptions of the farm, the farmers and their antics while chasing the ornery cow are funny and so real I think I was there when this happened.

The book is appropriate for ages 4 and up, a little too long for toddlers. As far as an age limit on how old is too old to read it…well, I am 53 and still enjoying it!

Let me know if you enjoy book reviews. I look forward to hearing from  you!  Teresa


  1. Becky Jessie 25 Feb, 2010

    I love all of Tres Seymour’s books. You should check out ‘Pole Dog’ and ‘Smash Up, Crash Up Derby’. Being from this area you can really relate to his books. I am a long time fan.

  2. Sounds like a fun book to read. I was a farmer’s daughter as well and would like to read that book. We had cows and sheep as well.
    Yesterday when I was visiting with son and daughter-in-law, little Melody brought me a little book to read to her. It was one I’d given her at Christmas. She liked it and she flipped through the book when I was done. So cute. Erin wondered if Melody knew it was book I’d given her? Don’t know! Looking for more fun times ahead…she’s 21 months old now and talking more. Finally called me gamma yesterday and asked where paypa was and Megan (aunt) was. She’s putting us together finally!!! Have day!