“Farmer Brown has a problem.
His cows like to type.
All day long he hears
Click, clack, moo.
Click, clack, moo.
Clickety, clack, moo.”
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type is just one of those fun books that every child should read, and here’s why:
1. It teaches history: “A typewriter? What’s that? Why didn’t the cows just text the farmer?”
2. It teaches cooperation, negotiation, and politics: “So it’s like when I want candy, and you’re mean like the farmer and say no? I’m going on strike, too.”
3. It’s fun to say moo: “Moooooooo!”
In all seriousness, if you can be serious about typing cows, the book is great. It has a repetitive phrase for kids to repeat that makes the book an interactive experience. Even on the first reading, the kids will be clicking, clacking, and mooing along with you. The illustrations are subtly comical through the thoughtful and earnest expressions of the cows. Plus, all the notes between Farmer Brown and the cows are seamlessly worked into the illustrations. Overall, Click, Clack, Moo highlights the importance of reading, communication, and can get children thinking about different ways that messages can be delivered.
PBS Kids! has lesson plans, games and activities, as well as video versions of the story featuring American Sign Language and Signing Exact English interpreters. Please note: You’ll need to download the videos before watching because they’re not streamed.
Title: Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
Author: Doreen Cronin
Illustrator: Betsy Lewin
Reading level: Ages 3 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint. edition (February 1, 2000)
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