Kids Read More When They Love What
books use word families, rhythm and repetition to tell a fun
stories with an interesting twist. Teachers, parents, and
kids love their unique combinations of simple words and
sounds, which captivate their interest as the tales unfold.
Children enjoy reading the easy words and looking at the
beautiful pictures and will ask to read these books again
A Cow On The Couch!
By Leah Sylvan
Written by Glen A. Penrod
Age Range: 3 and up
Paperback: 54 pages
Publisher: Glen Penrod (2017)
What to expect: Animals and Humor
A Cow on the Couch! is a picture book that describes
what a group of young children see. In the book, the kids
tell Mr. Brown that they see a cow on the couch, which leads
to a series of questions from Mr. Brown about that cow and
how it came to be inside on the couch.
Each page builds on the overall premise of the book - that
the kids in the story need to tell Mr. Brown something very
important. As they continue, Mr. Brown asks follow up
questions, and the kids are able to answer each one and
continue adding more detail to the story. The book
encourages observations and communicates the principles of
answering questions with basic information (who, what,
where, when, why, etc.) in a humorous and delightful way.
"There's a cow on the couch!"
"In the house. There's a cow on the couch in the house!"
Acting as the perfect compliment to the story, the
illustrations throughout add to the inquiries from Mr. Brown
and the answers from the kids. The expressions on the
character's faces jump off of the page, and will help young
pre-readers understand that the characters are trying to
communicate more details to one another. These illustrations
are a lovely addition to the story itself, and will leave a
lasting impression with young readers and adults.
The book would be well suited for young pre-readers and
younger readers who are learning how to communicate details
and refine their storytelling when talking with grown ups.
It will also be a hit with beginning pre-readers who enjoy
sounding out words, and those who enjoy the anticipation of
a story that builds.
About The Author
Glen Penrod is an author and publisher of books and
materials for children and learners of English as a
Second Language. He holds a master's degree in
Applied Linguistics and has taught English at
universities and other institutions in Hong Kong,
Taiwan, South Korea and the U.S. He loves learning
and teaching languages and traveling to exotic
places around the world. When he is not on a plane,
on the slopes, in the ocean, on the racquetball
court, creating websites, meeting with international
friends, trying out new cuisines, or running from
public office, you will find him quietly relaxing at