Monday, October 21, 2013


The story of Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow takes us on the journey she travels to figure out how to get the cows at a new farm to like and accept her.

While she hopes to find friendship at her new home, instead she learns what it means to be different from everyone else. (Spotless!) Mary Elizabeth uses clever ideas and a sense of humor to help her on her quest for friends at the new farm.

This inspiring tale shows how perseverance in spite of obstacles, using a sound thought process to arrive at solutions and the importance of having fun, using humor and enjoying playtime can build friendships.

When you buy this book, 50% of net proceeds go to Phoenix Children’s Hospital Child Life Program to make a difference in the lives of children with critical and life threatening illnesses.

My thoughts...

A charming story about a cow named Mary Elizabeth who had no friends. Why? Because she was different from all the other cows... she didn't have spots!

Then one day spots appeared and all the cows liked her. Mary Elizabeth wanted them to like her because of who she is and not because she looked like them.

A simple story with a clever message, cows are not all the same and neither are people. It's ok to like someone even if they're not like you.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

About the author:

Sal is the author and illustrator of “A Sweetles Dream”® book series. As the Creative Director for Hartman-Barbera llc, a family media & entertainment company, he is also an animator, sculptor, painter and all around fun guy. Sal lives the phrase: “A day without laughter is a wasted day”. To that end, he uses his writing, illustrating and animation skills to create endearing characters and comedic stories.

Sal’s sense of humor and empathy for his characters explore personal and social situations in ways that makes it enjoyable for both adults and children to experience together. Born in ew York City, Sal moved to North Bergen, NJ where grew up on a steep hillside neighborhood with his four older sisters. He currently lives in sunny Arizona with his wife and artistic partner, Sheri, who he defines as his inspiration. On any given day Sal might be painting, sculpting, drawing, animating, writing or enjoying one of his favorite pastimes: cooking, television, movies and golf.

Visit Sal Barbera’s website at


Cheryl said...

Thanks for the lovely review. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow is on sale during the month of October from the publisher's website: 50% of net proceeds benefit the Phoenix Children's Hospital Child Life Program.

Thanks for featuring Sal's book.

Book blogger said...

This is a book for ages 3-9 but all ages can appreciate the message. Racism and prejudice are still a major problem in our world. We still treat people differently if they don’t look like us. This book tackles this issue in a clever, humours and diplomatic way. There are a few aside remarks put in the book specifically for adults that will give them a chuckle. The author is also the illustrator which makes it so much more special. I look forward to reading more books in the series!'