Mary Ann Hoberman has adapted the well-known song based on the true story of the Great Chicago Fire, "There'll be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight," into a funny and memorable story. When Mrs. O'Leary leaves her lantern in the barn, the cow kicks it over and starts a fire. Hoberman's humorous text and Jenny Mattheson's luminous illustrations keep this picture book comic and non-threatening, and, of course, the fire is put out in the end by 10 heroic firefighters.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown Books for Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||8.87(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||3 - 6 Years|
About the Author
Mary Ann Hoberman is the author of many books for children, including the critically acclaimed A House Is a House for Me, which won a National Book Award, the NYTimes bestselling You Read to Me, I'll Read to You, and the Sing-Along Stories series. Ms. Hoberman lives with her husband in Greenwich, CT.
Jenny Mattheson is a graduate of the Art Institute of Boston and has illustrated such books as The Mouse, the Cat, and Grandmother's Hat. She lives in Berkeley, CA.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Mrs. O¿Leary¿s Cow could be called a trouble maker. When Mrs. O¿Leary leaves a lantern in the barn, the cow knocks it over and causes the barn to catch on fire. The rest of the story involves the firemen and others attempt to put out the fire and save the cow. The end is happy for all, the cow is rescued unharmed.This story could be a starting point for a discussion on fire safety.