Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type

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Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Farm animals go on strike in funny, award-winning book.

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Positive Messages

A classic case of "use your words" to express and negotiate what you need. In this case, the farm animals type out those words.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The animals stand up for themselves and express their demands calmly, directly, and reasonably. Farmer Brown thoughtfully considers their demands and responds accordingly. It's funny, but also a good model of how to settle a dispute.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type is a Caldecott Honor Book that spawned numerous sequels featuring the independent-thinking barnyard animals on Farmer Brown's farm, including Dooby Dooby Moo and Duck for President. Its irreverent humor's timeless, even though today's kids may be unfamiliar with typewriter technology! Parents may need to explain the concept of going on strike, but even preschoolers know about standing up to authority and refusing to do what's expected of them. They may even learn a bit about the art of negotiation and getting what you want through give and take rather than fights and tantrums.

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What's the story?

The animals on Farmer Brown's farm find a typewriter and the Cows type a request: \"Dear Farmer Brown, The barn is very cold at night. We'd like dome electric blankets. Sincerely, the Cows.\" The farmer types a note in response -- \"No way\" -- and tacks it on the barn door. So the animals go on strike: The Cows refuse to give milk and the Hens refuse to give eggs. A few notes go back and forth, then Duck finally offers to trade the typewriter for electric blankets and the strike's over. But then Duck demands a diving board for the pond.

Is it any good?

CLICK, CLACK, MOO: COWS THAT TYPE is funny, clever, offbeat, silly and all around delightful. Kids will enjoy seeing those who are bossed around stand up for themselves and resist. And they'll also get a lesson in how to negotiate and get your way without throwing a tantrum. This modern classic inspired the sequels Giggle, Giggle, Quack; Dooby Dooby Moo; Thump, Quack, Moo; the Halloween-themed Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat, and Duck for President.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it means to go on strike. What demands might be on your list, and what might you trade to get your way?

  • Have you read any of the other books in this series featuring the Cows, Duck, and Farmer Brown? How does this one compare?

  • What's funny about cows using a typewriter? Have you ever seen one or used one? How's a typewriter different from a computer?

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