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Chicken, Pig, Cow and the Purple Problem

Interest Age: 4–7
Grade: k–2
Reading Age: 4–7
Hardcover : 9781554512195, 32 pages, February 2010 , 9.28" x 9.23"
Paperback (Picture book) : 9781554512188, 32 pages, February 2010 , 9.00" x 9.01"
Paperback (Picture book) : 9781554512188, 32 pages, February 2010 , 9.00" x 9.01"


How come Cow’s spots are purple, when everybody else’s are gray or brown? Fed up with being different, Cow sets out on a quest to change her spots.

Thanks to a gravelly walkway, she soon finds lots of gray to cover the purple. And a squirrel in a tree provides plenty of brown by showering Cow with seeds. But when she arrives back home all big and bunchy and lumpy, Chicken and Pig hardly recognize her. When they finally realize it is Cow, they reassure her that she is their friend—purple spots and all.

The adorable Chicken, Pig, Cow—and Dog—are back, and continue to capture the hearts of young readers. The winning combination of simple text, expressive illustrations and lots of humor makes this a perfect choice for toddlers and beginning readers. 

What makes a good book for preschoolers? Ruth Ohi shares her advice in this link: click here.


“The theme of being unique is presented with beautiful simplicity. Highly recommended.” 

- CM Reviews, 04/10

“Ohi’s combination of simple, witty text and delightful watercolour illustrations will appeal to young readers.”

- Canadian Children's Book News, Summer/10

“Ruth Ohi once again captures the magic of imagination … This gentle story of friendship will easily become a favorite of the preschool crowd.”

- Resource Links, 06/10