Moo

Book review by
Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
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Cute interactive book about fuzzy and furry farm animals.

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Babies and kids will learn about the different animals on the farm, including the sounds they make and the different names for moms, dads, and babies. This book is also interactive, so as kids get older they can learn to pet, unfold pages, pull tabs, etc.

Positive Messages

Encourages interaction with reading -- not only between kids and books, but also between parents and kids; families who read this book together can have fun picking out their favorite animals and even making their favorite barnyard sounds!

Positive Role Models & Representations

Animals are presented as cute and curious throughout the book. Parents of preschoolers could also see if they can spot the ways animals are useful to people (like the cow that gives milk or the shorn sheep).

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is an interactive book about farm animals by the same author and photographer who produced Tails.  Even your youngest will learn about the family of animals that live on the farm, and as they get older they can learn to pet, unfold pages, pull tabs, etc. The tabs may be a little tricky for the youngest fingers to manipulate -- although they might have some success ripping out fold-out pages.

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What's the story?

Through rhyming poetry, this book introduces babies and kids to the animals that live on the farm, including the families they live in and the sounds they make. Pages have flaps kids can lift, tabs to push and pull -- and even a rubber ducky to squeeze.

Is it any good?

The simple poetry is enjoyable enough, but it's really the images that babies and kids will want to see over and over again. There are some sweet baby animal pictures -- and some silly ones, too, like a pig giving a piggy-back ride to a lamb, goat, chicken, and more. Preschoolers will like spotting the mouse on every page.

This certainly is a book that encourages interaction. Not only will kids enjoy petting the horse's mane or pushing the tab to watch a chicken eat, but families who read this book together can also have fun picking out their favorite animals and even making their favorite barnyard sounds!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about family members' own favorite animals. Do you prefer the pig wallowing in mud, the fuzzy baby chicks, or the long-legged baby foals?

  • Encourage your preschoolers to find the mouse on every page. Do you see him hanging from the horse's hair or sitting by the cow's milk pail? Parents could ask preschool kids to count the number of horns, beaks, hooves, etc.

Book details

For kids who love animals

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