Good ‘Ole American Cows Type Their Moos

Wow; it’s finally less than 99 degrees in Nashville!  Which means we can go outside the home.  We still have to fend off the mosquitoes, but it’s gorgeous around here!  Of course, the downside is a little bit less time for reading, but I made up for that by staying up way too late last night.  I want to write about two picture books today, that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.  Here’s the first.  (The second will be in a separate post–I’ve decided to stick to one book per post to make it easier for people to sort and search by category for books they might like.

Title: Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
: Doreen Cronin
Illustrator: Betsy Lewin
Genre: Picture Book
Age: 2 – 7

Summary and Review:

These cows are fantastic!  They want fair treatment, which to them includes electric blankets (for both themselves and the chickens).  Farmer Brown is in over his head when the cows find an old typewriter and start making demands.  Demands that they then follow up on by going on strike!  A wonderfully told story, complete with animals that hold late-night meetings and go on strike.  It all seems about to be resolved, but when Duck is called upon as a neutral party, even more trouble begins.  With a great story and fun repeating verse “Click Clack Moo, Click Clack Moo, Clickety Clack Moo”, this book will delight the old and the young, which in my mind is what a good picture book should do.  (After all, don’t you read them with more energy when it’s an interesting story?)  As a plus, the book has some fun sequels and there’s also a video you can look for, too, one of those that uses the illustrations of the book and has the words so kids can read along on the screen.

Possible conversations to have with your kids:

This is a good book for talking about what goes on on a farm.  Ask your child what other animals you might find on a farm.  And why does a farm have cows and chickens?  What do those animals produce that we eat nearly every day?  I mean, you don’t have to go down the “meat” road yet, but it’s great to teach kids where their milk and eggs and other kinds of food comes from…the assertion that it doesn’t grow in a grocery story shouldn’t come as a surprise when they are older.

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