At first glance, the board book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type looks like nothing more than a silly children’s book meant to make kids laugh. But it’s so much more!
This adorable book teaches children the concept of activism, including negotiation and going on strike, as well as illustrating what it is to be a neutral party; and most of all, that everyone deserves to be treated well!
The cows on Farmer Brown’s farm were getting cold at night. So they decided to type him a letter requesting that all the cows receive electric blankets. But Farmer Brown ignores their request. This made the cows angry and they decide to go on strike, refusing to supply milk. When Farmer Brown still refuses, they partner with the hens who are also cold, and type another letter telling Farmer Brown that the hens will not supply eggs without electric blankets. What results is a peaceful negotiation that all agree to, which then inspires other animals on the farm to make demands in their pursuit of happiness.
In less than 20 pages, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type teaches young children ages 3-5 how to fight for one’s rights in a peaceful and democratic way with a unique, humorous story. It’s a wonderful book for children who are already strong-willed, as well as for older children who need a lesson in standing up for themselves. It’s a wonderful lesson in democracy that any elementary-school aged child can benefit from!
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
Author: Doreen Cronin / Illustrator: Betsy Lewin
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