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Children's Fiction Baby Animals

The New Baby Calf

by (author) Edith Newlin Chase

illustrated by Barbara Reid

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Feb 2017
Baby Animals, Cows
Recommended Age
3 to 8
Recommended Grade
Recommended Reading age
3 to 8
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2017
    List Price

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A fresh new look for the first picture book to feature Barbara Reid’s signature Plasticine artwork!

First published in 1984, this heartwarming story about a new baby calf’s first seasons, and the mother cow that loves him through all of his first steps, is a true Canadian classic. It has the added distinction of being the first book to feature the award-winning artwork style of Barbara Reid!

Now, with a fresh new cover, Edith Newlin Chase’s beautiful poem, can be introduced to a new generation of mothers and babies, celebrating the simple, unconditional nature of parental love.

About the authors

EDITH NEWLIN CHASE was born in 1905 and raised as a Quaker on an Indiana farm, where she milked cows every day. She wrote The New Baby Calf as a poem in the late ‘30s, and said: “It came to me clearly and rapidly as I worked at housekeeping, and if I remember right, it required no revision.” It was first published in a book for pre-school children in 1945, where, many years later, it was discovered by Scholastic’s then director of publishing. Ms. Chase passed away in 2004.

Edith Newlin Chase's profile page


Barbara Reid réalise des illustrations avec de la pâte à modeler pour ensuite laisser le soin à son conjoint, Ian Chrisler de les photographier. Barbara a signé plusieurs livres à titre d'auteure malgré qu'elle avoue ne pas éprouver autant de plaisir à écrire une histoire qu'à l'illustrer. Elle a gagné plusieurs prix dont le prix du Gouverneur général et en 2014, le prix Libris dans la catégorie album illustré. Elle est aussi membre de l'Ordre de l'Ontario et de l'Ordre du Canada. Barbara vit à Toronto.


BARBARA REID is one of Canada’s most renowned creators of picture books, including Picture the Sky (Imagine le ciel), Picture a Tree, Perfect Snow and The Party. Her vibrant dimensional illustrations make her work a favourite around the world, and she has received many honours and awards, including the Governor General’s Award, the UNICEF Ezra Jack Keats Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award and CBC’s Fan Choice Award. In 2013, Barbara was made a member of the Order of Canada for her contributions to the Canadian children’s literature community. She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband, photographer Ian Crysler. Visit her at


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Librarian Reviews

The New Baby Calf

Beginning with his birth in early spring and moving through to late fall, Barbara Reid’s colourful plasticine illustrations follow the growth of Buttercup, the cow’s new calf. This story is simple and clear, warm and gentle. Originally published in hardcover and big-book format in 1984 by North Winds Press (Our Choice 1985/1986).

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

Other titles by Barbara Reid