Old Tom is confounded by the problem of trying to milk a very obstinate dairy cow, Belinda, while his wife, Bessie, takes a trip to town. The narrative tells us that without milking Belinda there will be no milk for Tom or the animals.
This is a delightful tale that introduces young readers to farm animals and farm activities using effective rhyme, alliteration and repetition. Tom eventually solves his problem.
An excellent read-aloud and resource for modelling literacy strategies.