A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
With almost all the words being "moo," kids need to be careful observers of each scene and all facial expressions to determine what's really being said.
The story shows there are consequences for bad behavior -- in a way -- but on the final silly page, the cow tries to blame the sheep for his actions.
Positive Role Models
The cow acts rashly and then tries to blame the sheep when he gets caught.
Violence & Scariness
The cow and his car careen off a cliff and smash a police car.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that most of the words in Moo! are "moo" meant in very different ways. For example, when the adorable but irresponsible cow runs off with the farmer's car, "moooooooo!" is his exclamation as he's flying off a cliff and landing on a police car. Kids will need to look carefully at each scene and think about what each "moo" means, making it a fantastic book for kids on the autism spectrum or those with other social delays as they grow more slowly into their perspective-taking skills. For other kids, it's mostly silly fun with the opportunity to discuss why it's funny that the cow blames the sheep for his actions but, at the same time, that it's not the right thing to do.
Is It Any Good?
The cover image -- an adorably joyful cow in a red convertible -- says it all: Moo! is silly fun that will delight toddlers on up. It's also a great game of interpretation, especially for kids on the autism spectrum or with other social delays. Parents of those kids will really be able to dig in and talk about what the cow is thinking and feeling on each page, where his eyes are looking, and what they think will happen next. Moo! is such a fun way of developing these essential skills for school readiness and beyond.
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