BOOK REVIEW: Hey Bossie, You’re a Spokescow!

Hey Bossie, You're a Spokescow!

This is a very unusual little book. Bossie is indeed a “spokescow”—for spaying and neutering cats and dogs. I guess I can see why Bossie’s animal sanctuary home would choose a big, friendly Holstein to make a memorable impression on the public, but the choice of campaigns is a little odd. Let’s face it; Bossie’s species doesn’t exactly get a fair shake, either. When I first became aware of Hey Bossie, I assumed the bovine was an ambassador on behalf of caring about farm animals, much like Farm Sanctuary’s charges.

That perplexity aside, how does Hey Bossie stand as humane education material? Pet overpopulation and spay/neuter are discussed in a gentle, appropriate way. The message of spay/neuter and shelter adoption comes through loud and clear to even students who are unfamiliar with the concepts. Math is used to estimate the number of kittens two unspayed cats can eventually lead to. Students get a bit of a history/geography lesson here too, as New Hampshire’s “Old Man of the Mountain” figures into the story.

The illustration choices are unusual, with scribbly, child-like paintings. Bossie herself looks slightly menacing on some pages (what’s with the red eyes?). Youngsters will probably enjoy the sight of the big spotted cow marching in a parade and “speaking” to a bandstand full of cheering fans.

Hey Bossie is a decent contribution to humane education material on the subject of spay/neuter. However, those with limited library budgets would be better off looking to a more modern and visually harmonious book such as
It’s Raining Cats-and Cats!

(review originally appeared at goodreads.org)

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jeff Merow
    Oct 24, 2011 @ 16:42:38

    Once I originally commented I clicked the -Notify me when new feedback are added- checkbox and now every time a remark is added I get 4 emails with the identical comment. Is there any means you may remove me from that service? Thanks!

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  2. Jen_GGI
    Nov 11, 2011 @ 22:09:42

    bookmarked, my friends will love this

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  3. Kaley Bloxom
    Nov 15, 2011 @ 19:45:19

    like it

    Reply

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