Today is Friday and time for my post for Perfect Picture Books. This week I chose:
Ages: 3 to 7
Themes/Topics : animals, perseverance, teamwork, getting along with others, humor
Opening: Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type. All day long he hears… Click, clack, moo. Click, clack, moo. Click, clack, moo.
Brief Synopsis: Farmer Brown has his hands full when his cows deliver him an ultimatum. Their demand? Electric blankets or no milk! When Farmer Brown refuses their request, the cows retaliate. And then the chickens join in! With the aid of a “neutral” duck, Farmer Brown and the cows/chickens go back and forth. The farm animals vs. the stubborn farmer is a hilarious tale of compromising and the art of peaceful protesting.
PBS Kids: Online Teaching unit – includes lesson guide, learning objectives, and teaching strategies.
Simon & Schuster: Activity sheet (.pdf) to print out
Why I like this book: I really like the humor in this book. The author did a very good job of clever words and repetition to keep young children entertained. The illustrations are bright and full of emotion. The funny looks on the animals’ faces are hilarious. The book really illustrates the way of peaceful protesting. In today’s world, we have many occurrences of this in our everyday adult life. Books like Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type help to give children a better understanding of compromise and working together to get results. I really like this message that it sends. It’s an important lesson that many of us adults could be reminded of.
This book won the Caldecott Honor in 2001.
For the complete list of books with resources, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books.