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The Ice Cream Cow: What Do You Do With A Cow That Does Not Moo?

Mel Lecompte

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ISBN 10: 1441455736 / ISBN 13: 9781441455734
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2009
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: The Ice Cream Cow: What Do You Do With A Cow...

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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Living on a farm with her friends the Chocolate Chip Chicken and the Soda Pop Duck, the Ice Cream Cow has a problem. While there are many things she can do -- such as hop like a kangaroo -- the poor cow does not moo. Kids will love the rhythmic tale of the cherry-topped, polka-dotted bovine and the quest for her true voice. Savvy parents who read this story to their little ones will enjoy scanning the illustrations for inside references meant to keep big people's eyes in the book and not on their watches. Written and illustrated by Mel LeCompte, an elementary teacher (Lawtell Elementary, Louisiana), children's musician (Mel and the Moodoggies), award-winning journalist/ cartoonist (2000, 2001 Louisiana Press Association political cartoons, 2001 LA-MS Associated Press Managing Editors sports columns)... and of course, a daddy.

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Originally from New Orleans, Mel LeCompte Jr. fell in love with rural life while preparing to become a teacher at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. After two years educating kids in the Crescent City, Mel moved across the state to Church Point, in the heart of Cajun Country. He soon landed a teaching job at Lawtell Elementary. The school, located in the middle of a farming community, is best known to the world as the home of Zydeco music. With a cattle field next to his classroom, Mel would calm himself by stepping out the classroom and staring at the cows whenever the students became more rambunctious than angelic. Therapy at it's finest, if you asked him. During this time, Mel picked up a moonlighting position writing sports columns and creating political cartoons for the Opelousas Daily World newspaper. Five Louisiana Press and Associated Press awards went on his wall during this short, two-year time span. Still, Mel is not one to stop and rest. Amazingly, he found a third end of the candle to burn simultaneously with teaching and scribing. A multi-instrumentalist, Mel performed with several bands along the Gulf Coast whenever he wasn't behind a podium or in a pressbox. One day, while practicing his guitar work at home, his daughters complained he never created any kids' music. Taking their charge seriously, he soon composed 'The Ballad of the Ice Cream Cow', a tribute to both their favorite treat and his bovine obsession. This tune led to several others, including the popular ditty 'I'm a Puppy'. Soon, Sunday afternoon birthday parties replaced smoky Saturday night stages. During a performance in front of hundreds of pre-kindergarteners during a 'Read Across America Day' celebration, he became overwhelmed at the love the children had for the books available there. It was at this event that Mel decided to call his cartooning pen out of retirement and bring to life the Cow which previously only existed in song.

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