It's a cold December night and Fancy, the Stegner family's cow, is about to give birth. Out pops Little Joe, a huge bull calf, and with him comes 9-year-old Eli's first chance to raise an animal to show at next fall's county fair. Over the next ten months, Eli and Little Joe learn some hard lessons about growing up and what it emans to take on bigger responsibilities, especially when it comes to taking care of another living thing. But one thing Eli is trying to think about is what will happen to Little Joe after the fair; it's auction time and he'll have to sell Little Joe!


Sandra Neil Wallace