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Lolita Cummings Carson’s “A Cow Needs A Tail For More Than One Summer” helps readers understand the importance of family and capturing every memorable moment. Her humorous stories keep readers smiling, but, most importantly, help readers understand the importance of family.

Siobhan Riley
Reporter/ Anchor
WREG
Memphis, TN

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Cummings Carson’s humorous look at growing up in Flint in the 70s is punctuated by her mother’s homespun proverbs including the title, “A Cow Needs A Tail For More Than One Summer.” Not surprising that the sage advice embodied in the colorful sayings finds its way to the next generation of Cummings children. Readers will find themselves smiling in recognition, remembering similar advice given in their own families and thanking Lolita for putting pen to paper.

Gloria Coles,
Retired Director, Flint Public Library

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“A Cow Needs A Tail For More Than One Summer: Life Lessons From Mom” is an amazing read! It’s a tale of great parenting, a strong willed child, and principles that stand the test of time. The main character Lolita, now a mother herself, takes you on a journey as she learns life lessons…many of them the hard way.

La’Tasha Givens
11 Alive News Reporter
Atlanta, GA

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Very necessary, “A Cow Needs A Tail For More Than One Summer: Life Lessons from Mom,” takes the reader on a journey of transformation. Growth, experience, wisdom . . . depending on the reader, there are so many different ways to learn from this collection.

Mama Sol
Lyricist, poet, motivational speaker & front woman of MAMA SOL & THA N.U.T.S.

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Momma knows best! Full of humor and wit Carson takes us on a coming of age journey based on wise old sayings passed down from her mother. Her sage advice still resonates in the life of this contemporary daughter, sister, wife, and mother. So “If I tell you a hen dips snuff, you look under the wing.” You won’t be disappointed.

Wanda Harden
Public Relations Coordinator
Flint Public Library (MI)

These stories recall what might be considered a simpler time in American life; but they are foremost a testament to the enduring family values that helped to keep Black families anchored and secure in a world where they were sometimes not respected.  Cummings Carson’s humorous look at growing up in Flint in the 70s is punctuated by her mother’s homespun proverbs including the title, “a cow needs a tail for more than one summer.”  Not surprising that the sage advice embodied in the colorful sayings finds its way to the next generation of Cummings children.  Readers will find themselves smiling in recognition, remembering similar advice given in their own families and thanking Lolita for putting pen to paper.

Gloria Coles

Retired Director, Flint Public Library

Very necessary, “A Cow Needs A Tail For More Than One Summer: Life Lessons from Mom,” takes the reader on a journey of transformation. Growth, experience, wisdom . . . depending on the reader, there are so many different ways to learn from this collection. Several perspectives shared. What an inspiring collection of literature, of truth: a child’s truth, the truth of a pre-teen, the truth of a teen turned adult, turned mother, all experienced through one set of eyes. Literature celebrating maturation and applied wisdom for the common good.

Mama Sol

Lyricist, poet, motivational speaker & front woman of MAMA SOL & THA N.U.T.S.

A Cow Needs A Tail For More Than One Summer: Life Lessons From Mom” is an amazing read! It’s a tale of great parenting, a strong willed child, and principles that stand the test of time. The main character Lolita, now a mother herself, takes you on a journey as she learns life lessons…many of them the hard way.

Using Southern sayings from a time gone by, Lolita’s mother attempts to instill in her children values and principles that can’t be bought, only taught by a wise soul.

The compilation of ten short stories is a wonderful tribute to parents who plant daily seeds of wisdom in their children, hoping it sprouts a well rounded, kind person.

Lolita was able to pass down these teachings to her own children. Both are now adults having a positive impact on society, ultimately proving the Bible verse, “If you train a child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not depart . . .(Proverbs 22:6 King James Version KJV)

La'Tasha Givens

11 Alive News Reporter, Atlanta, GA

Momma knows best! Full of humor and wit Carson takes us on a coming of age journey based on wise old sayings passed down from her mother. Her sage advice still resonates in the life of this contemporary daughter, sister, wife, and mother.  So “If I tell you a hen dips snuff, you look under the wing.” You won’t be disappointed.

Wanda Harden

Public Relations Coordinator, Flint Public Library (MI)

Lolita Cummings Carson’s A Cow Needs A Tail For More Than One Summer is a great read because it tells the stories of some of her life experiences growing up.  Her book helps readers understand the importance of family and capturing every memorable moment.  Cummings Carson talks about some of her experiences growing up in Flint, Mich., but it was her mother’s wisdom that helps readers understand the importance of family values.

One of my favorite short stories in Cummings Carson’s book is If I tell you a hen dips snuff, you look under the wing.  There’s a sentence in in there where her mother says, “Look Lita, why can’t you just trust what I say.”  That trust is the reason I believe Cummings Carson will be able to help many families who will benefit from reading this book.   In her short stories, she tells humorous stories that will keep readers smiling but, most importantly, they will understand the importance of family. What’s interesting is that she begins her short stories talking about her mother and sister and then ends talking about her daughter.  A perfect example of how African American families can flourish with good family values and teaching.

Siobhan Riley

Reporter/ Anchor, WREG Memphis, TN

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