My first book review will be on “Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type.” This book is written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin.
This plot of this book is about cows who are living in a very old barn. They are very cold, as the barn is rickety and drafty. These cows have a type writer and type messages for the farmer, asking for heated blankets to keep them warm on cold nights. The message reads, “dear Farmer Brown, the barn is very cold at night. We’d like some electric blankets. Sincerely, The Cows.” Farmer Brown, owner of the farm animals and the barn, rejects their request, so the cows refuse to give him milk. This continues with the chickens, who refuse to lay eggs until they receive heated blankets as well. Eventually, the farmer gives in and buys electric blankets for all the animals in the barn in order to obtain milk, eggs, and to stop the clicking and clacking of the type writer!
The pictures were bright and colorful and the stories told very important lessons that are important for our elementary students to learn.
This book teaches a valuable lesson, standing up for what you believe in. The cows knew that in order to get what they needed, they needed to be brave and stay committed to their actions. They never once gave in and they all stuck together. Their numbers and team members made them strong enough to win over the farmer. This teaches us another lesson, a lesson about team work. Together, we can make a difference. When we believe in each other and stay true to each other, just as the cows ALL refused to give milk to the farmer and ALL the chickens refused to give eggs, the farmer had no choice but to do what is right and keep his animals warm.
I do not have any critiques on this book. I thought the language was simple and easy to understand, yet effective and taught important lessons to the children who read it. If anyone is looking for a read-aloud book about teamwork and standing up for what you believe in for your elementary class, I certainly recommend this one.