Fair Cow

Fair Cow, a nominee for the 2012-13 South Carolina Picture Book Award, is an excellent book about simply being yourself.

Effie the cow dreams of winning a blue ribbon in the state fair. Her friend, Petunia the pig, convinces Effie to change nearly everything about herself to become a winner. Effie wants a blue ribbon, but she also wants to enjoy the breeze and sun outside, drink from the nearby pond, and swish flies away with her tail.

Even though Effie has made all these changes, she’s still a bit intimidated by the beautiful cows at the state fair. She finally decides to let everything go and do what she really wants to do, and she finds a way to be herself and still be a real winner!

With so many young girls and boys becoming obsessed with body image and looking “just right,” I think Fair Cow is a great book for teaching them that it’s okay to be themselves. It doesn’t matter if you’re a little messy or look different from all the other “cows” around you. What matters is that you’re true to yourself. This is a lesson that kids and adults could stand to learn. Fair Cow just makes it a little more accessible!

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