In Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type, barnyard animals unite to improve their conditions in this hilarious book. Farmer Brown is dumbfounded when his cows find a typewriter and begin airing their grievances and making demands (ie: "The barn is cold at night. We'd like some electric blankets). When their demands are not met, they go on strike, much to the dismay of poor Farmer Brown.
This book has such a goofy premise and fun line and watercolor
illustrations, it's one of those rare, we-100%-guarantee-it storytime
hits! In fact, it was so popular that Cronin and Lewin have written a
slew of sequel books that are equally inventive and fun!
This book won a slew of children's book awards! Most notably, it was the 2001 Caldecott Medal winner and was the International Reading Assoc. Children's Choice Award Winner!
Interest Level: K - Gr. 2 DRA Level: 24 Lexile Measure: AD160L
Grade Equivalent: 1.3 Guided Reading: M
Below are sample spreads from the beginning of this book. Betsy Lewin's illustrations are a perfect compliment to Doreen Cronin's hilarious text.
it was probably not Cronin's intent, this certainly is a fun book to
read when introducing letter writing in the younger grades. The animals
actually do quite a nice job of including most of the key components of
a letter. (For example, one letter reads: "Dear Farmer Brown, / The
barn is very cold at night. We'd like some electric blankets. /
Sincerely, / The Cows"). You could
even build on
this silly premise by
having students compose pretend letters from their own pets about what
they would like from their owners. [If they don't have pets, perhaps
have them choose zoo animals.]
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If you love this book, check out the whole series of Click, Clack books by Doreen Cronin.