Monday, December 23, 2013

Review: Mary Elizabeth, The Spotless Cow by:Salvatore Barbera

About the Book:
The story of Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow opens with a new cow, Mary Elizabeth, arriving at the farm and takes us on the journey that Mary Elizabeth must travel to figure out how to get the other cows to like and accept her.

Mary Elizabeth longs for friendship and acceptance but instead, finds out what it means to be different from everyone else. By using her ingenuity and sense of humor she is able to overcome obstacles such as discrimination and subtle bullying in order to achieve her ultimate goal of friendship.
This inspiring tale is about perseverance in spite of obstacles, using a sound thought process to arrive at solutions and the importance of having fun, using humor and enjoying playtime to build friendships.
Parents, guardians, teachers and especially children will enjoy reading this fairy tale. It has vibrant, colorful pictures, humor for children and adults, and a fast paced story that will keep you interested in Mary Elizabeth's adventure from start to finish.

In addition, your purchase of this book will help to make a difference in the lives of children with critical and life threatening illnesses. When you buy this book, 50% of net profits up to $10,000 will go to Phoenix Children's Hospital for children in critical care units.
About the Author:
Sitting in traffic on the way to the hospital in New York City, Sal almost became the first baby born in the Lincoln tunnel!Sal's family lived in a two story home on a steep hillside in North Bergen, NJ. He and his four older sisters grew up enjoying snowy winters where sledding down the hill meant finding the closest garage door or ending up on route 9. His neighborhood was filled with a group of friends who enjoyed playing stick ball, bike riding and roof hopping together.
Sal had an adventurous and happy childhood filled with extended family outings to the shore and the lake. It was during these times that Sal's kindhearted nature and comedic outlook developed. As an adult, those qualities and memories inspired him to write stories that explore personal and social situations with humor, empathy and intelligence.
Sal lives the phrase ; A day without laughter is a wasted day;. In fact, Sal's desire to make his mother-in-law laugh, motivated him to write Mary Elizabeth's story.Besides writing, Sal enjoys painting, sculpting, drawing, film-making and animation. His favorite pastimes are cooking and golf.Sal currently lives in sunny Arizona with his wife, Sheri, who he defines as his inspiration.

My Review:
 Mary Elizabeth is a cow that is spotless and apparently to the other spotted cows, this was a problem. The were so horrified at the fact that she didn't have spots that they couldn't be seen with her. So one day when noone was looking she took mud and painted herself with spots.The other cows didn't seem to realize that these were "mud spots". The spots appearing seemed to change everything about how they felt about Mary Elizabeth. They played, laughed, and talked all day with their new friend.

 Then just as soon as the spots appeared they disappeared. When the other cows awoke to this, they were confused to say the least. So Mary Elizabeth explained how they wanted to be her friend when she had spots but didn't when her spots disappeared. The cows talked about it and decided how wrong they all were for treating their new-found friend this way and decided to honor her in a very special way.

 The author has done a very great job explaining discrimination in a very tangible way. Hopefully this books will teach kindness and acceptance all the more better. If you would like to purchase this book, you can at this link.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.