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Children's Fiction Toys, Dolls, Puppets

Chicken, Pig, Cow and the Purple Problem

by (author) Ruth Ohi

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2010
Toys, Dolls, Puppets, General, Cows, Farm Animals
Recommended Age
4 to 7
Recommended Grade
k to 2
Recommended Reading age
4 to 7
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2010
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2010
    List Price

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About the author



Ruth Ohi a illustré plus de 50 livres pour enfants et est l'auteure de certains d'entre eux. Ses livres, traduits en plusieurs langues, se vendent à travers le monde et ont figuré sur la liste de plusieurs prix littéraires prestigieux. Elle vit avec sa famille à Toronto.


RUTH OHI has illustrated more than fifty children’s books — several of which she has also written, including Fox and Squirrel, Fox and Squirrel Make a Friend, Shh! My Brother’s Napping, and Scribble. Her books have been nominated for many prestigious awards, including the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, Mr. Christie’s Award, Chocolate Lily, Shining Willow, Blue Spruce and the Governor General’s Award. She lives with her family, and many backyard squirrels, in Toronto, Ontario. Visit her online at

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Editorial Reviews

“Ohi’s combination of simple, witty text and delightful watercolour illustrations will appeal to young readers.”

Canadian Children's Book News, Summer/10

“The theme of being unique is presented with beautiful simplicity. Highly recommended.” 

CM Reviews, 04/10

“Ruth Ohi once again captures the magic of imagination … This gentle story of friendship will easily become a favorite of the preschool crowd.”

Resource Links, 06/10

Librarian Reviews

Chicken, Pig, Cow and the Purple Problem (A Ruth Ohi Picture Book)

Chicken, Pig and Cow—and Dog—are back for another adventure in Ruth Ohi’s third instalment in the Chicken, Pig, Cow series. In this book, Cow doesn’t like being purple; real cows are white, black, brown or grey. While Chicken and Pig are napping in their popsicle-stick barn, Cow decides to venture out on her own— determined to be purple no more.

On her outing, Cow rolls in the dirt, is sprinkled in little brown seeds courtesy of young Squirrel and she gets a new pair of hooves in the form of acorn tops. Cow can’t wait to show Chicken and Pig her new look. When Chicken and Pig awake from their nap, they set out to find Cow with the help of Dog of course. Along the way, they run into Squirrel. Having never met Squirrel before, they are afraid, but Cow comes to the rescue and assures Chicken, Pig and Dog that “Squirrel is a friend.” When they comment on how brave Cow is, Cow is surprised that Chicken and Pig recognize her. They assure her that, whether she is purple or not, she is Cow and Chicken and Pig accept her as she is.

Ohi’s combination of simple, witty text and delightful watercolour illustrations will appeal to young readers. The pencil sketching seen through the watercolours gives the illustrations an authentic feel. The end pages are illustrated with images from the book and kids will enjoy matching some of these little details to the illustrations in the book.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Summer 2010. Vol.33 No.3.

Chicken, Pig, Cow and the Purple Problem (A Ruth Ohi Picture Book)

Cow has seen pictures of other cows in Girl’s books, and they are white or black or brown or grey — not purple. Cow decides to change her purple spots so she can look like other cows, but when her friends recognize her anyway, she realizes she doesn’t need to change. Ruth Ohi’s charming watercolours will thrill Chicken, Pig, Cow fans.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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