Winner, 2004 Oklahoma Book Award for Juvenile Literature
2004 IRA/CBC Children's Choices Selection
Accelerated Reader Program Selection
Scholastic Reading Counts! Selection
“Even today, the appeal of a community (a global community, even) joining together to find a way to help ‘this old cow’ makes a terrific tale.”
“Artley’s good-humored, vividly colored cartoon art, featuring comically hyperbolic expressions on the faces of characters—human and bovine alike—provide the entertainment.”
Grady is a 1,200-pound Hereford cow that gets herself mysteriously stuck in a silo. No one can figure out how to free her until a heroic reporter from Denver solves the problem. Grady’s in the Silo is a charming story about patience and perseverance. Based on a true story, this tale humorously translates a part of Oklahoma folklore in a way that is equally appealing to both parents and children. Grady’s story, which began in a small Oklahoma town named Yukon, reached around the world in 1949. Now, more than fifty years later, Una Belle Townsend brings it to life on the page.
About the Author
Una Belle Townsend has been an elementary-school teacher for more than twenty years. She graduated from East Texas Baptist College and acquired her master’s degree in elementary education at Stephen F. Austin State University. She has received many local honors for her short stories and poetry. Her other works include The Oklahoma Land Run and The Great Elephant Escape. She has lived in Yukon for more than twenty-five years.
About the Illustrator
Bob Artley (1917-2011) was the celebrated illustrator of more than ten books. His career began more than fifty years ago as an editorial cartoonist. He spent most of his time with the Des Moines Tribune and the Worthington (Minnesota) Daily Globe. In retirement, he devoted most of his time to children’s books. He wrote and illustrated Once Upon a Farm, Memories of a Farm Kitchen, Christmas on the Farm, Living With Pigs, and Step Up!, also published by Pelican.
GRADY’S IN THE SILO
By Una Belle Townsend
Illustrated by Bob Artley
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Farm Animals
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illustrations 3rd ptg.