The naive calf (naturally) believes the grass is munchier on the other hill.
Setting off, the calf is joined by a duck, frog and pig, who all agree that their world is better somewhere else. Crunchier bugs, gooier mud, ...
This is one of those delightful stories where, progressively, like The House That Jack Built, or the Old Lady and the Pig who get stuck at the stile, the repeating line, like a chorus, gets longer and longer.
This is also one of those books, like Michael Rosen's We're Going On a Bear Hunt, where there is a voyage outwards that needs to be reversed by a return home, thereby achieving a satisfying completeness.
Can you guess whether yonder exceeds good old home? Do glowing expectations match reality? (Can they ever?)
Did Mother Cow know how it would turn out when the little calf suggested the trek, but quietly agreed for the little calf to test her hypothesis, and have a bit of adventure?
Predictability, repetition, clear bright pictures, and -- with imaginative reading -- lots of animal noises (as with The Happy Man and His Dumptruck -- animal noises are mandatory!), this is a delightful book.
Why only 4 stars?
I know of other books that are arguably better (The Animals of Farmer Jones, for example, or The Little Red Engine, or We're Going on a Bear Hunt), so I am making a quality-call.
But it's still a winner!
John Gough -- firstname.lastname@example.org