Author: Paul Gallico
Book takes place in the country: YES
Author is from the country: NO
I have visited: YES
This is my 98th read for the year
I have visited Lichtenstein, if only briefly. Living in Switzerland, it was easy to venture inside the border from time to time.
This sweet little novella is about a cow that desparately wanted to be the most milk producing cow of the season. She wanted to wear the crown and lead the parade, but she was weak and never produced enough milk to win the coveted prize. One year, she stops at the shrine of Ludmilla and prays to be the chosen cow. What results is a miracle and the cow gets her wish.
This is a cute story. Switzerland does a similar ceremony each year with its cows that go into the Alps for the summers. It is a fabulous tradition but I had no idea of all the meaning of the head dresses and the order the cows come down the mountain in the fall. I also didn't realize that the owners spent the summer with the cows in the mountains making the cheese, etc. right there on site.
Great little book. I am glad to have this one for my collection.