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Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type

Last updated Monday, March 25, 2002

Author: Doreen Cronin
Illustrator: Betsy Lewin
Date of Publication:
Grade Level: 3rd
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.

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.

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