A novel in verse.
Twelve year old Reena and her family move from a huge city to rural Maine after her father loses his job. The family "befriends" (against Reena and her brother Luke's will) a peculiar neighbor lady, Mrs. Falala. Their parents "volunteer" the children to take care of her cow, Zora. Reena discovers as she mucks out the barn and works with obstinate Zora that she loves the job and even shows Zora in the local fair. Luke, meanwhile, overcomes his fear of Mrs. Falala by teaching her how to draw.
Although one part of the book is sad, the overall tone of the story is delightful and refreshing.
-Borrowed from the library.