BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – Many Briarcliff Manor residents already know cows can’t jump thanks to Dave Reisman. And on Saturday, they got to hear it from Reisman himself.
The Briarcliff Manor resident and children’s author read his two books “Cows Can’t Quack” and “Cows Can’t Jump” Saturday morning at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library. The artist, Jason Maas, is a former Briarcliff Manor School District art teacher.
Reisman, who also works for a Manhattan law firm, said “Cows Can’t Jump” was his first foray into writing children’s books. The self-published author said he became interested in children’s books after reading to his own kids.
“I was reading that cows couldn't jump and I thought it was pretty funny,” Reisman said. “I have three kids and having read many children’s books to them, I immediately thought the idea could work as a children’s book too.”
Both books seek to teach children about animals, but Reisman said he also wanted to touch on the importance of diversity.
“Besides it being a booster for literacy, I think kids really pick up on the idea that not everyone is good at everything,” Reisman said. “So the book teaches that point of view that you don’t have to be great at everything in order to achieve. And kids should focus on what they do best and what they enjoy and not worry about the things they can’t do.”
The message wasn’t lost on 4-year-old Xander Bradley, of Ossining.
“Cows can’t quack. That’s pretty funny,” Xander said. “But that’s OK.”
While Xander had only heard the book a couple of times before, he was able to say each word aloud during the reading.
“I think it’s really nice for the kids to be exposed to local authors that they know live in the area,” Xander's mother, Naomi Bradley, said. “I think it’s nice to know that there are people locally that they can look up to.”