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Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type

Last updated Sunday, October 23, 2005

Author: Doreen Cronin
Illustrator: Betsy Lewin
Date of Publication:
Grade Level: 3rd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jun. 2000

Synopsis: Farmer Brown's cows find an old typewriter, and before you can say, "Click, clack, moo," they're typing a request for electric blankets--the barn gets cold at night. When the elderly farmer refuses, they tack another typewritten message to the barn door: "Sorry. We're closed. No milk today." Soon the hens join the strike and begin withholding eggs. Farmer Brown types up his own response, which is delivered by a neutral party--a duck--and things seem to reach a satisfying resolution.

Note to readers:
•  translated by J. Alison James

Discussion topics: To be posted soon ...

Craft ideas:
•  What if your pet could write to you? Write that letter, and illustrate it.
•  Pretend you are an animal at the zoo (giraffe? hippopotomas?). Write a letter to the zookeeper, and illustrate it.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!