Remember the three cows that were left stranded during the Kaikoura earthquake in November 2016?

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7.8 Magnitude Quake in New Zealand Leaves Cows Stranded on Small Island of Grass


The trio have returned to fame after now being etched into history through a new children's book.

The cows' owner Jane Millton turned the dramatic ordeal in a book called Moo and Moo and the Little Calf too.

The story captures the stressful situation and rescue of the three cows while explaining the devastation the earthquake caused the region in an easy-to-understand way for children.

The Millton family originally didn't know what had happened to their cows until local media contacted them asking for comment.

Fleeing their quake-damaged Clarence farm, the family didn't have internet access and were the last ones to learn about the cows' plight.

"Of course we knew there were helicopters everywhere, but it was only when the media called [my husband] to tell him about the cows that we were alerted," Millton told Fairfax.

Moo and Moo and the Little Calf too. Photo: Supplied

Mrs Millton explained she jotted down ideas about the cows through many sleepless nights before realising she had written the down moments that could be turned int a story.

She said her husband Derrick helped the story with a now-famous quote, "You're a clever cow to skip and dance while the land beneath you is disappearing down the hill".

After getting the all clear from publishers, Mrs Millton teamed up with artist Deborah Hinde, who illustrated A Kiwi Night Before Christmas.

The book, which is published by Allen and Unwin, is now on the shelves.

Mrs Milton told Fairfax her first venture into literature didn't hit home until the book launch.

"It was quite fun at the time, just a little children's story, but when there was talk of a book launch and author's photo it got really scary."

The book is available in numerous book stores across the country.

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