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

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Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin (2000)

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Summary: Click, Clack, Moo is about a group of cows who find a typewriter, and begin typing notes with various requests of Farmer Brown. When Farmer Brown refuses, the cows go on strike, withholding their milk. The hens then make a request for electric blankets, and when Farmer Brown declines, they also go on strike, withholding their eggs. Finally, Duck delivers a note to Farmer Brown that if Farmer Brown gives them the electric blankets, they will give up their typewriter, and Farmer Brown agrees. However, Duck makes a request of Farmer Brown himself, and the story ends.

Personal Connection: I love the silliness of this book, but the serious undertones of going on strike, and fighting for what you believe in. The illustrations are also extremely expressive!

Extras: Caldecott Honor Book, 2001
-Author, Betsy Lewin, teaches how to illustrate animal perspectives in Click, Clack, Moo https://www.teachingbooks.net/author_collection.cgi?id=30&mid=55
-> loose brush and fine tip pen, water color
**Mentioned in class- multimodal text**

Application to teaching: Repetition of line "click, clack, moo, click, clack, moo, clickety clack, moo" for shared reading, and strong vocabulary used such as "neutral party," "ultimatum," "strike." Possibly useful in persuasive letter writing unit, as well as utilizing Lewin's video to explain the importance of facial expressions of characters in illustrations and the connection to the text. ( )
  alliecipolla | Jul 10, 2017 |
This is a book about how the farm animals want stuff, so they write a letter to the farmer. But in order to get their way, they have to compromise. ( )
  TarynNicole | May 10, 2017 |
Reading this book now, compared to when I read it as a little girl, I noticed more of the text instead of the concept. The book contains great vocabulary words like: strike, impatient, neutral party, ultimatum. I think that when I read this when I was young, I would just skip over the word not knowing what it meant. This could be a great opportunity to read to children and ask them to use context clues. A funny, great book. ( )
  rmwinter | May 4, 2017 |
Summary: The book is about cows who type to their owner/farmer. They type requests asking for electric blankets. The farmer can't give them electric blankets so the cows type a letter saying they won't give anymore milk. The cows gather the ducks and chickens and they withhold their eggs. The farmer finally give the animals electric blanket and all is well.

Critique of Genre: Modern Fantasy because animals are talking in the book.

Age: Primary

Media: water color ( )
  elissamcgeever | Apr 19, 2017 |
I would use this book in a third grade class room as a read aloud. I would have them listen carefully and then when they were finished I'd have them summarize what the heard and draw a picture of one of the characters. This would help them identify characters in a story. I'd also use this with a first or second grade class when teaching students about poetry and rhyming.
  kroby01 | Apr 18, 2017 |
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Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type.
"Dear Cows and Hens: There will be no electric blankets. You are cows and hens. I demand milk and eggs. Sincerely, Farmer Brown"
Duck was a neutral party, so he brought the ultimatum to the cows.
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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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