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Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen…

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (original 2000; edition 2011)

by Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin (Illustrator), Randy Travis (Reader)

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Title:Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
Authors:Doreen Cronin
Other authors:Betsy Lewin (Illustrator), Randy Travis (Reader)
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Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin (2000)


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Review: This is one of my favorite books growing up. I really enjoy the large pictures and the use of repetitive words. It's an easier read for children and is also funny.

Summary:This story is about Farmer Brown's cows. They found an old typewriter in their barn. The repetitive phrase in the the story is Click, Clack, Moo. Click, Clack, Moo. Clickety, Clack, Moo. Farmer Brown does not believe that the cows could actually be typing! He realizes that it truly is the cows and is amazed. They send him a letter telling him that the barn is cold and they could like some electric blankets. Farmer Brown does not think that they need electric blankets so he tells them no and the cows decide to go on strike. They do so by claiming that they will not provide milk for the day. The hens join in on the strike when the cows are still refused blankets. They exclaim "No milk or eggs today". Farmer Brown writes a letter back saying that he demands eggs and milk. This letter is delivered by a duck who acts as the mediator. Eventually, the farmer and the cows reach an agreement- the farmer will give the cows electric blankets if they give him the typewriter. The hens and the cows fall asleep with their warm blankets but the typewriter has disappeared; his only clue is when he hears "Click, Clack, Quack!" the next morning! ( )
  LaurenValencour | Oct 9, 2014 |
Teaches personification and onomatopoeia ( )
  Bmazzola94 | Sep 26, 2014 |
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewis is a cute parody of Animal Farm aimed at the 4 to 8 set.

Farmer Brown's dairy cattle go on strike after their typewritten demands aren't met. Soon the chickens follow suit and the farmer is told via a note: "Closed. No milk. No eggs." (p. 13)

Cronin's funny story with a rhyming scheme that mimics the sound of an old manual typewriter is paired perfectly with Betsy Lewis's illustrations and the wobbly Courieresque lettering completes the illusion of novices typing on antique equipment.

Unlike Orwell's Animal Farm, the animals don't actually take over the farm to set up their own co-op. The cows, as far as I can tell, don't become the party leaders over a farm animal proletariat duped into over throwing one master for another. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type is less about revolution and more about labor negotiations.

The ducks, though, they might be planning something. ( )
  pussreboots | Sep 20, 2014 |
I like this book because of how silly and funny it is. I think the personification that they gave the animals was the funniest part. The cows were typing and demanding blankets and at the end of the story the ducks started typing and demanding a diving board. The irony was also funny. Farmer Brown went through all of that trouble to get his cows and chickens to work again. When he finally gives in, the ducks then start to go on strike as well. This story will attract younger students because of the catchy rhymes. For example, "click clack moo, click clack moo, clickety clack moo". ( )
  cporte8 | Sep 16, 2014 |
Es un lindo libro sobre las vacas que se pueden escribir. Ellos van a la huelga en la granja mientras trataba de negociar con el agricultor. Excelente para los niños que leen español o niños y adultos que están aprendiendo español.

It's a cute book about cows that type who go on strike on the farm while trying to negotiate with the farmer. It's great for children who can read Spanish or children and adults who want to learn Spanish. ( )
  PaDutchTravel | Aug 30, 2014 |
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The literacy rate in Farmer Brown's barn goes up considerably once his cows find an old typewriter and begin typing. To the harassed farmer's dismay, his communicative cows quickly become contentious:

Dear Farmer Brown,
The barn is very cold at night. We'd like some electric blankets.
The Cows

When he refuses to comply with their demands, the cows take action. Farmer Brown finds another note on the barn door: "Sorry. We're closed. No milk today." Soon the striking cows and Farmer Brown are forced to reach a mutually agreeable compromise, with the help of an impartial party--the duck. But this poor, beleaguered farmer's "atypical" troubles are not over yet!

This hilarious tale will give young rebels-in-the-making a taste of the power of peaceful protest and the satisfaction of cooperative give and take. Witty watercolors by award-winning illustrator Betsy Lewin (Snake Alley Band, Araminta's Paint Box) will make this a favorite for one and all, even if words such as "ultimatum" and "neutral" throw the younger set. (Ages 5 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

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When Farmer Brown's cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.

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