This is a true story that takes place on a hill country farm in New Zealand. It is about a little black calf called Ebony who is born in a creek, and only has a short time to live unless she is rescued quickly. This is told from Ebony’s point of view; and is an exciting and accurate tale of the beginning of her life. Does she get rescued? What happens next?
This story is ideal for children who love animals, and gives them an insight into life on a farm in the spring. This is just one of the many stories Anita Lamb is writing based on factual and often humorous events on their farm. Though they are written for children, anyone who loves animals will find they enjoy reading these stories. Some of the events that take place are quite remarkable.
Anita Lamb was born in Wollongong Australia in 1963 and now lives with her husband Dennis on a hill country sheep and beef farm in New Zealand. After leaving school, Anita completed an Honours degree in Organic Chemistry at Sydney University, followed by a Diploma of Education. She then worked in the Food Industry as a Quality Assurance Manager, and also taught math’s part time at the Auckland University of Technology. Anita is now surrounded by the animals she loves. These include the animals in the true stories she writes about. She loves breeding heading dogs and horses. She has competed successfully in Endurance riding in New Zealand, winning National and North Island 100 kilometer titles as well as numerous other events. Ebony and The Man in the Big Blue Overalls is her first book and was inspired by her husbands’ rescue of a little black calf.
"A charming, high-action farm story sure to be a hit with budding animal rescuers." -- Kirkus
"Four Stars (out of Five)" -- Clarion Review
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"Debut author Lamb retells the true story of a calf rescue from the point of view of the calf in this action-packed picture book... The story offers a more domestic perspective on animal rescue and animal lovers will be instantly engaged by Ebony's situation... independent readers not quite ready for chapter books will be hooked by the action and the New Zealand farm setting." -- Kirkus
"The first-person storytelling helps readers become invested in Ebony's fate... Especially fascinating is the process of coaxing the adoptive mother to accept Ebony... Ebony is a sympathetic and cheerful protagonist, and the book offers a glimpse of an unusual side of life that should be intriguing to most young readers." -- Blue Ink Review
"Bright illustrations teeming with vibrant primary colors are featured in this picture book... This book will be a good choice for children who live on farms or those who wish to introduce the farming experience to their children." -- Clarion Review