Clancy the Courageous Cow. Written and illustrated by Lachie Hume, (2006). Sydney: Scholastic.
This book was written and illustrated by a then 12 year-old Australian lad. His teacher gave him 9 out of 10 for the project because Clancy should have been called a bull. But it would have messed with the alliteration.
This book deals with difference, discrimination, poverty, the cycle of disadvantage, conflict, negotiation, and reconciliation, as a cow and a bull from opposite herds fall in love. It’s absolutely wonderful.
The playgroup kids were very interested to hear the story of the author Lachie Hume, and enjoyed the story. Not only did Lachie do a fantastic job with this storybook, but he went on to study agricultural science at university.
Although I haven’t read this book to my own kids for ages, my middle son referred to it the other night when we were talking about individual difference. He is very different to his brothers, and he said with a smile “I’m like Clancy”.
With charming illustrations and simple text this book is a great read aloud and a heart-warming story which communicates hope.