The Cow Who Climbed a Tree

Tina isn’t like the other cows. She believes that the sky is the limit and that everything is possible. But her sisters aren’t convinced—and when Tina tells them she has climbed a tree and met a dragon, they decide that her nonsense has gone too far. Off they go into the woods to find her…and soon discover a world of surprises!

  • 32 Pages
  • 8.5" x 10.63"
  • 9780807512982
  • March 2016

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  • An outrageously silly story that celebrates the value of creative thinking and taking chances.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • Merino’s illustrations add greatly to the playfulness of a story in which cows, pigs, and several other flightless animals get a chance to soar; her cows are silly, rotund figures on spindly legs, and she uses splotches of bright color to represent the leaves of trees in the forest. It’s a lighthearted and amusing endorsement of leaving one’s comfort zones, ignoring naysayers, and giving dreams a chance.

    - Publishers Weekly

  • Dreamy illustrations, rendered in watery shades of supple reds and a variety of green and brown hues and highlighted with slightly fuzzy dark brown lines, build upon the text, making this a pleasurable read-aloud. Readers will delight in listening to this story about creativity, independent thinking, and being true to oneself.

    - School Library Journal starred review

  • The story uses repeated words effectively and is wonderful when read aloud. Blending fanciful elements with more realistic ones, Merino’s distinctive mixed-media artwork creates just the right tone for a tale of creativity trumping conventional thinking. Tina’s story is both endearing and sustaining.

    - Booklist starred review

Awards & Accolades

  • CCBC Choices 2017
  • 2017 Charlotte Zolotow Award, Highly Commended
  • Read on Wisconsin 2017, Primary Titles

Common Core

RL.1.1,2,3,4,6,7,9 RF.1.1,2,3,3a,3f,4,4a,4b,4c SL.1.1,1a,1b,1c,2,3,4,5,6 L.1.1,1b,1d,1f,1g,2,2b,4,4a, 4b W.1.1,3,5,6,8


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.5
  • ATOS Level: 2.2