The cow tripped over the moon by Tony Wilson and Laura Wood
You may have heard the nursery rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle in which a cow jumps over the moon. Tony Wilson has written his own version of the story showing that jumping over the moon is no easy feat. He says of the book:
"It’s a story about perseverance. It’s a story about training. It’s a story about cows smacking into meteorites and hot air balloons, and sand dunes. It’s also a story about friends helping a cow in need. And it’s a story about triumph."
Tony Wilson was inspired to write the story after watching his son Jack who has a condition called cerebral palsy. This condition makes it difficult for Jack to control his muscles and movement. Jack must go through many hours of physical therapy every week and Tony Wilson wrote this book after watching his son's efforts:
"Everything that Jack tries to do requires perseverance. He cannot walk by himself, or crawl, or sit for very long. Every day he practises these things, and gets tiny improvements to keep us going."
The book has some fantastic colourful and humorous illustrations to go wth the words. The illustrator is Laura Wood.
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