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Sailor Moo

Sailor Moo: Cow at Sea
Written by Lisa Wheeler,
Illustrated by Ponder Goembel

A Richard Jackson Book
Ages 4-7
Atheneum, 2002
ISBN: 0-689-84219-8

“Goembel’s dusky acrylics introduce a cast of bipedal critters who teeter wildly between anthropomorphism and realism, upping the humor considerably. The goggle-sporting manatees and hook-handed cat captain Silver Claw will likely have readers giggling.”
— Publishers Weekly


  • Family Fun Magazine: Best Children’s Books of 2002
  • The Field Guide to Parenting: The Best Children’s Books of 2002
  • Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom: Books for teaching agriculture in the classroom; Dairy; New Books
  • University of Delaware Educational Resource Center; Book of the Week, July 8, 2002
  • Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Reading List 2001/2002

Awards and Honors:

  • SCBWI (The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators):
    Golden Kite Honor for Illustration, 2002

Exhibited at the Society of Illustrators

Shows and Exhibitions

  • Society of Illustrators: The Original Art 2002, Oct 30 to Nov 27, 2002 (see illustration at left)
  • Society of Illustrators: 45th Annual Exhibition; Editorial & Book Categories, Feb 28 - Mar 29, 2003
  • Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators 3rd Annual Mid-Year Conference: Art Display Honoree, Feb. 16 & 17, 2002

Ponder this:
“When I first read the manuscript I knew this book was for me.
It had rhymes,cow-puns, romance and a happy ending.
I was charmed by Moo and knew I could show
her character in my illustrations.”
— Ponder Goembel

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