Written by Marsha Diane Arnold; Illustrated by John Manders
Published by Fat Red Couch, Inc
Themes: cows, dancing, individuality
Platform: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch – (requires iOS 4.3 or later), and kindle & android devices
Release Date: February 15, 2013
App available at: http://fatredcouch.com/
Synopsis: Lily is a spirited young milk cow, who dreams of being a light-hooved dancer. Destined to be the bell-cow and lead the herd, neither Lily nor her herd-mates are convinced that Lily is up to the task. Milking time at Farmer Gibson’s place should find the cows falling into an orderly line to enter the barn. All except Lily manage this. She would rather prance around the pasture. Realizing that she doesn’t fit in with the rest of her herd, Lily hits the road of an artiste, leaving her first letter pinned to the willow tree for her Mamoo. She zips from Square Dancing in a nearby barn, to tap dancing on a cruise ship much further afield. Lily and her prancing escapades tease the reader across the globe. While she makes many friends along the way, her letters to Mamoo and the herd show she begins to miss home and wonders whether a truly cow-appropriate dance exists! Will Lily discover the moves that might just enable her to be that lead bell-cow after all?
- Vibrant, humorous illustrations
- Every page has amusing continuous animal animation and noises
- Awesome multi-voice narration option
- Puzzle at 3 ability levels
- Music to enhance the location of each scene
- Scene selection
Why I like this app:
This is one of those stories that had me as eager as a four year-old to turn the pages and discover what sort of mess Lily had gotten herself into next. The text is lengthy, but so full of lyricism, humour and plot tension, that the story just flies by. The global trot in which Lily lures her readers is just perfect for all, young and old, who have desired and determined to follow their muse. This heifer is not rebuffed by her setbacks, and she manages to combine her artistic expression with her inherited calling, bringing some extra rhythm into her herd’s life as well. It’s a win win all round. The fluidity of the animation is exuberant in this dance-saga. My absolute favorite scene is in New York at Christmas. I had the pleasure of being invited to see the famous Rockette’s Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall last December, and seeing Lily in this fabulous lineup of high-kicking ladies had me in stitches. Also the various narrators/accents are a great asset to the narrated version, to which I happily listened several times to write this review. This is a highly entertaining story with a great message of pursuing one’s dreams.
I asked the author, Marsha Diane Arnold, what inspired this story:
“Of all the characters I’ve created, Lily is one of my favorites. Maybe it’s because she takes me back to my Kansas roots, growing up on the prairie. Or maybe it’s because she reminds me of how I often felt when I was growing up. I climbed on top of our roof and looked over miles of flat land, filled with acres of wheat, and wondered if there was something more. Lily looked over the pasture fence and wondered the same thing.
Visit Marsha at www.marshadianearnold.com, where you can discover several Lily activities.