Only Cows Allowed!

Written by Lynn Plourde
Illustrated by Rebecca Harrison Reed


Once upon a new New England farm, the cows refuse to let the other farm animals mooooove into the barn. ONLY COWS ALLOWED! But the hens, horses, pigs, sheep, goats, and geese aren’t about to let those bossy cows get their way. The first-time farmer doesn’t side with the cows either. Animal after animal after animal moves into the barn. But when the farmer throws an all-night barn party to celebrate his new farm, the cows leave without uddering a word. Where will they finally find some peace and quiet?

Reviews and Awards

2012 National IPPY Award - National Bronze Medal winner for Children's Picture Books (all ages) in the 16th annual Independent Publisher Book Awards

2012 Moonbeam Award for Best Illustrator - Silver Medal

"The watercolor illustrations enforce the tongue-in-cheek mood of the book…The browns, greens, and yellows enhance the earthy atmosphere of the farm." --School Library Journal

5 out of 5 stars "Only Cows Allowed is a memorable tale...The surprise hilarious ending will keep kids' interest and sense of spontaneous fun engaged, while the gentle pastel images finish delivering the punch line... will appeal to kids age 4 and up." --Children's Bookwatch

"[One] of three of the best stories for small children (three and up) and beginning readers that have lately arrived from Maine... The illustrations are somewhat stylised but really lifelike, too. Altogether, it's a book to be recommended." --The Guardian

"Young readers are sure to be amused by this clever picture book... The deliciously funny ending is sure to delight children who have a fondness for surprises." --Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

"…[An] Udder-ly Witty picture book…Plourde’s clever wordplay is only complemented by the facial expressions of the animals in Reed’s drawings…" --The Connection Newspapers

Reading level: Ages 5-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Down East Books (August 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-089272-790-2



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The Train to Maine
Written by Jamie Spencer
Illustrated by Rebecca Harrison Reed

The Train to Maine captures all the excitement of a train ride to a much-anticipated vacation destination. With a pace as lively as that of a moving train, the rhyming text portrays a child's journey from the bustle of Boston to the delights of Down East Maine.

"... one of those little gems. Rebecca [Harrison] Reed's charming illustrations bring Jamie Spencer's poetry to life." --Private Varnish: The Magazine of Privately Owned Railroad Passenger Cars

"Cheerful, jaunty stanzas that beg to be read aloud.... Bright illustrations capture the beauty of Maine in summer as well as the fun of riding the rails." --Toni Buzzeo, children's book author and library media specialist

"Irresistible -- the sort of read-to-me book that after a couple of outings will provide food for reading-WITH-me chantings (the verses are that clever and tuned to the small ear)." --Lincoln County News, Damariscotta, Maine

"Children love trains, and Jamie Spencer's new children's book is a clever rhyming narrative of a family's train ride from Boston to Portland." --Kennebec Journal, Augusta, Maine

"Good books for hot summer reading" --Wells Public Library --Portsmouth Herald

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Down East Books (May 25, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0892727675
ISBN-13: 978-0892727674



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