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The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Click, Clack, Moo I Love You is a fun Valentine's Day-themed entry in the Click, Clack series by author Doreen Cronin and illustrator Betsy Lewin. Here Little Duck decorates the barn for the Valentine's Day dance and makes cards for everyone. And when outsider Little Fox suddenly shows up, the barnyard animals are scared, but Little Duck welcomes him and they start dancing together, inspiring other animals of different species to pair up and dance (when before they'd only danced with their own kind). It's a gentle message of inclusion with glittery art to boot.
What's the story?
As CLICK, CLACK, MOO I LOVE YOU begins, Farmer Brown is working around the farm while Little Duck decorates the barn for the Valentine's Day dance. She strings up sparkling lights and lots of hearts and makes glittery valentine cards for everyone. Once the dance music starts (thanks to Duck DJ on turntables), it attracts Little Fox, who hears it from a nearby hill and follows the sound and the balloons and streamers attached to the barnyard fence. Even though Little Fox is an outsider, Little Duck gives him her last valentine and they start dancing together, inspiring others to dance with those not of their own species -- chickens with sheep, pigs with chickens -- making this a story of inclusiveness. They dance "till the cows come home" -- literally, since the dressed-up, tiara-wearing cows had been out at the Divine Bovine Ball.
Is it any good?
This cute Valentine's Day tale models inclusion as beloved characters from the Click, Clack series learn it's fun to dance with everyone, not just those who look like you. Little Duck drives the action and the sweetness as she makes glittery valentines for everyone and welcomes an outsider -- a fox -- to join the party. There are loads of sparkles in the art and joyful exuberance throughout. Lots of fun dance moves, too, including a line of mice doing the Hustle!
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Little Duck made Little Fox feel included in Click, Clack, Moo I Love You. Why would the barnyard animals be afraid of a fox?
Have you ever made valentines by hand like Little Duck does? What's fun about getting valentine cards?
Have you read other books in this series? Which are your favorite? What's fun and funny about the stories about Farmer Brown and the animals on his farm?
- Author: Doreen Cronin
- Illustrator: Betsy Lewin
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Friendship, Great Girl Role Models, Holidays, Horses and Farm Animals
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
- Publication date: December 5, 2017
- Number of pages: 40
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
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