Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Pump Your Book Virtual Book Tours Presents: Mary Elizabeth the Spotless Cow by Salvatore Barbera

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.

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 New York City, Sal moved to North Bergen, NJ where he 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

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Purchasing information: During the month of October, purchase Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow from the Sweetles website for only $12.00 (List price: $17.99). When you buy this book, 50% of net proceeds go to Phoenix Children’s Hospital Child Life Program. Visit for more information.

My Review:

The boys and I read this really cute book together. The 8 year old was able to do a lot of the reading, and his brother the 6 year old also enjoyed it.
We happen to live on a farm and the boys have been around cows all their lives. We joked about the cows carrying around Mary Elizabeth, and some of the other impossible antics.
There is a deeper message here, and the boys and I discussed it. They have heard a lot about Bullying, and this rather reinforces the idea of some people being different. Also the acceptance and friendship all children want.
We spoke of the cute delivery truck and the web site They got a real chuckle out of that! Your in for a sweet, wonderfully illustrated, and humorous story. What a great message!

I received this book from Pump Your Book Virtual Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the lovely review of Sal's book. I'm so glad all of you enjoyed it. Just wanted to let you know that Sal has now extended the sale until the end of December. I think this one will make a great gift for that special little one.


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