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Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type | Doreen Cronin
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When Farmer Brown's cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.
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“Cows that type. Hens on strike! Whoever heard of such a thing?”


I love how frustrated the farmer gets at the cows for their demands.


Click, Clack, Moo is a Caldecott award winning book and is a fun story about some very peculiar cows and the demands they have for their farmer. The cows also inspire some of the other farm animals to make demands as well. Overall this book offers man laughs and is a fun book to read with children.


Summary: Barnyard animals unite to improve their conditions. Farmer brown is dumbfounded when his cows find a typewriter and begin airing their grievances and making demands.
Awards won: Randolph Caldecott Medal
Purpose of Award: Most distinguished American picture book for children
Author: Doreen Cronin
Illustrator: Betsy Lewin
Date of publication: 2000
Genre: Picture Book

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Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin was published in 2000 and won the Randolph Caldecott Medal. This is a fictional story and is about barnyard animals who unite to improve their conditions. Farmer Brown is dumbfounded when his cows find a typewriter and begin airing their grievances and making demands. When their demands are not met, they go on strike, much to the dismay of poor Farmer Brown.


Summary: This book is about a farmer that discovers that his cows have found a typewriter. Throughout the story the cows use the typewriter to request new things. The farmer refuses, because of this the cows decide to withhold their milk. Then the same thing happens with the hens. The farmer realizes this is not a way to run a farm and wants to have a truce. They decide that if they get the blankets they will give up the typewriter.

Brandy522 The farmer gives the animals the blankets but the animals don't hold up their end of the deal and say that the ducks need a diving board because the pond is boring. 13mo
Brandy522 Author: Doreen Cronin
Illustrated by: Betsy Lewin
Publication: 2001
Brandy522 Genre: fiction picture book 12mo
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The barnyard animals come together as one in order to create demands for improvements in their living conditions to Farmer Brown, who is just as taken aback as the readers are.

elijahwilliams Caldecott Award- 2001 13mo
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“Duck was a neutral party, so he brought the ultimatum to the cows.“


I thought that this was a light/easy read. In a classroom setting, it would provide the idea for the students to work together to come up with an agreement when dealing with an issue or topic on hand. This book has won the Caldecott Award in 2001 and was published in 2001.


This book is a phenomenal piece that describes the powers of negotiation. Throughout the story, you see that the author is trying to convey that the farmer has to give the cows what they want, in order to receive their milk. The author also includes a neutral party that helps the cows and the farmer come to an agreement. The cows decided to give back the type writer and provide the farmer their milk, if the farmer provides electric blankets.

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This is such a fun one! I love this story of a group of cows demanding better working conditions from the farmer via type written letters. I shared it with my husband and his response was “F**k yeah!” Thank you @Reggie for sending this one to me. 🐮 ⌨️(there is no typewriter emoji)

MicrobeMom This one was a favorite in our house when my kids were little. I always gift it when a new baby is born. Tagged book is also great! 2y
mabell Her books are so good! I love 2y
batsy Omg! Love the title and cover and it also sounds so good 💜 2y
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Bookzombie @MicrobeMom I put Duck for President on hold at the library. Thank you! 2y
Bookzombie @mabell I put this one on hold too. Thank you! 2y
Bookzombie @batsy It is really good! 💕 2y
Reggie I think you did great for the substitute typewriter emoji! You‘re so welcome. Is it weird that this book has stayed in my mind the whole month. Even when reading about the striking Kellogg workers I thought about these cows. 2y
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The wonderful @Reggie sent me some lovely books, but I want to show off the card! I always love the cards Reggie sends as they are usually related to horror, which we both love. I think this is my favorite so far and I‘m going frame it. 😈

FlowerFairy Love this! 😍 2y
Reggie ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
TrishB That is so cool 👍🏻 2y
batsy I love that it's so specific to your interests and it's very cool! 2y
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Earlier this week I was gonna post a photo of a bridge and comment how I was going to throw myself off of it if I didn‘t reach 100 books for the year(I‘m joking) Instead now I‘m gonna show how I‘m gonna cheat my way there. I was shopping for a swap and wandered into the kids section and picked up this book all about labor disputes depicted by a group of cows who band together to withhold their milk until their demands are met, of 👇🏼

Reggie course by sending typed letters. So cute and funny! My 125 is in the dumpster, I‘m trying to salvage out a 100, the rest in novellas. Good Luck on the your end of the year reading goals, Littens! 2y
vivastory There are some wonderful quick reads. If you haven't read it, I think you might like 2y
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vivastory One more (lol) This one is memorable & broke my heart a bit when I read it 2y
Reggie @Vivastory lol, I will probably entertain them all. Thank you so much, Scott! 2y
vivastory They are all quick, but memorable, reads. In fact having just posted the recommendation for Night Bookmobile I decided to buy a copy for my personal library. Enjoy. 2y
Megabooks I have been so tempted to bang out my last 8 books with short ones. I‘m afraid things are going to get busy and I‘m not going to make it!! 2y
Megabooks This is a short short story collection I‘ve read a few times 2y
Avanders I love this book 🐄🐓⌨️😁 Also, no shame in reading graphic novels, audiobooks, novellas, and kids book ☺️☺️ 2y
Cinfhen I LOVE children‘s books!!! And they totally count! I really liked the book @Megabooks suggested 💕 2y
Reggie @Megabooks I say do it! What the hell. If you still have time in the end, pick up something chunky. And thanks for the rec, Meg. If you and @Cinfhen like it, I know it‘s gotta be good. Thanks for the support, Cindy! 2y
Reggie @Avanders my dad and I have been going through things at our workplaces that when I showed him this book he laughed so hard. We needed THIS book this week. 2y
LeahBergen Books are books, no matter what size they are! 😊 2y
Smrloomis I love Click Clack Moo ❤️ It‘s so perfect the way they negotiate with the farmer 😂 If you have room for another novella, I liked Open Water 2y
CarolynM I like the way you think👍 Kids books for the win! 2y
Nute No shade, Reggie! I enjoy picture books, middle grade books, young adult books, novellas and so much more. Heck, I even count reading story-based cookbooks. Just do YOUR reading-thing and have a good time!🙂 2y
Bookzombie I agree with everyone. All books count. I count every one of the children‘s books I read. This year they make up about 45% of what I read this year so far. 🙂 2y
Centique I loved The Night Bookmobile too! @vivastory 2y
Centique I get a few graphic novels if I need to meet my goal. I love 2y
Centique PS Book Depository reckons one of the books I sent you has arrived, the other has just left 🤞🤞🤞 2y
Reggie @Smrloomis this book is magic. And thanks for the rec, I will definitely take a look! 2y
Reggie @LeahBergen @CarolynM @Nute @Bookzombie I don‘t know why I let my GR‘s goal become this cruel mistress with a whip who makes me feel shame about not hitting a certain #. Lol But yes, I‘m just gonna enjoy what I read no matter the length or the age category. Also, Margie, just so you know, you totally inspired me to go in to the kids section with your last post. ☺️ 2y
Reggie @Centique 😁if it is Children of the Fang, it has arrived. Thank you, Paula! So much. He has such a great writing style. I love John Langan. Also, yes to graphic novels. 2y
Centique @Reggie yes yes that‘s it! One more to come but you‘ll know the next one is from me I‘m sure. 😘😘 2y
LitStephanie LOL, what a good idea to get more books in! I love the subversive idea of organizing cows. If this amused you, you might look up Dana Lyons' song Cows With Guns. 2y
Reggie @LitStephanie lololol, thanks so much. That song is hilarious. It reminds me of this dark short story we had to read in college- A Mother‘s Tale by James Agee. It‘s basically that song but with no humor and the darkest ending. 2y
LitStephanie @Reggie glad you liked it. 😀 2y
Suet624 I was just bemoaning the fact yesterday to my kids that I might actually miss my GR goal this year. They suggested poetry. With that and a few kids books I should be able to do it though. Good luck! 2y
Reggie This year has been total trash, Sue. Taylor Lautner got engaged a couple of weeks ago. There goes one of my dreams (lolololll) and 100 still seems so far away. Good luck to you, also! ☘️ (edited) 2y
Jas16 Hi Reggie. I received a package from you and instantly set it aside for Christmas. Thank you my friend. 2y
Reggie @jas16 you are most welcome! 2y
GatheringBooks This is exactly what I have been doing! Reading Overdrive e-picturebooks to reach my GR reading challenge! Only 15 (or so) more to go! Good luck to us. 2y
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This MF, RT Caldecott Honor book tells the tale of typing cows! When Farmer Brown‘s cows find a typewriter and decide to go on strike, will Farmer Brown give in to their demands? Or will Farmer Brown keep hearing typing sounds? #ucflae3414sp21

neanderc This book turns into the perfect RT! The link below takes you to some already created RT scripts including one for this book!

neanderc The UDL Principle 1.1 regarding offering ways of customizing the display of information and integrating speaking, listening, reading and writing activities as specified in EL Strategy 16 can be met using this MF book as a RT. 2y
DrSpalding This book is perfect for readers theater and including my website was a wise choice. Excellent universal design and English learner alignment with this high-quality book selection. 2y
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This MF Caldecott winning classic read takes a look inside the barn of some very determined barn animals wanting some accommodations to their living situation. When Farmer Brown doesn‘t comply, the animals go on strike, using a type writer to relay their request to a very upset Farmer Brown.

AlexRobinson This book discusses themes of team work, emotions, and communications making it a perfect read; especially for our younger primary grades who are still working on their language development skills! (edited) 2y
AlexRobinson A super fun strategy for this book would be a RT, as it allows many options for children participation and confident-boosting in fluency and language opportunities(here is a script straight from our class website- https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gVBKUYPmSahqkQSVZbibMEXIf13dLvY2bqG8o5en9Sk/... 2y
AlexRobinson Here is also a cite for additional worksheets and activity opportunities: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:click%20clack%20moo%20cows%20t.... 2y
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AlexRobinson The UDL‘s covering this activity/lesson would be 5.3 and 9.3 (high fluency with graduated levels of support for practice and performance and develop self-assessment and reflection).
The EL strategies range from 2, 3, 15, and 18 (promote cooperation, encourage self-talk, reinforce the key ideas you present again and again, and use commands and directions that involve overt student actions as in Total Physical Response or TPR).
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AlexRobinson Lots of fun opportunities with this book to get our kiddos out of their chairs and explore this text through acting and movement! #ucflae3414sp21 2y
ztorres It was such a great book, love the humor in it as well as the message behind it. I think it will be great for teachers to use when talking about using our voice to speak up and express our opinion in the correct manner. As well as learning about strikes and why do people do them. 2y
MFlowers Cute photo! 2y
AlexRobinson @ztorres this whole series is such a fun read- students NEVER get tired of it! Very silly with great meanings behind it! 2y
AlexRobinson @MFlowers thank you!! It was my mother‘s old type writer she gave to me and it fit perfectly with this book! 2y
StephanyNunez I love the photo! I did a readers theater for this book because is fun and engaging. RT encourage studnets to participate, use expression and fluency when reading. 2y
KeanaE I would like to take a moment to appreciate your picture for this post! Great UDL and EL strategies! 2y
AlexRobinson @StephanyNunez yes I LOVE IT! Some books can be tricky to translate to a RT but this one does with ease. So silly and so fun for our kids! 2y
AlexRobinson @KeanaE awww thank you!! 2y
Chaseb again, Alex, you have the cutest pictures for your posts! I love that all your posts seem like you really cared and put time and effort into them, so great job! I always love reading your reviews :) 2y
AlexRobinson @Chaseb awww thank you so much, I appreciate that! You are too sweet! This app has made me realize this is such a FUN way to represent books and get creative with technology! I think this would be an awesome way to get our kids excited about literature and a great project to assign on a smaller scale! 2y
DrSpalding Where on earth did you get that beautiful antique typewriter. Readers theater is a wonderful strategy to enhance fluency. I agree with Chase‘s comment! Your extra effort was well received by your peers! So well done. 2y
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This MF, Caldecott Honor Award book, Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type is a book about cows that find a typewriter in the barn that decide to write letters to their farmer Mr. Browns with demands. When the demands are not met we'll you guessed it they go on a strike. It‘s a great humorous book that teachers can use to teach students about their voice and why people choose to go on strikes. This book will be great for RT. Students would love it!

ztorres UDL's Strategies: Promote understanding across languages (2.4). Guide information processing and visualization (3.3) Increase mastery-oriented feedback (8.4). 2y
ztorres ESOL Strategies: Use discovery learning activities(hands-on activities). Provide contextual support through audiovisuals, models, demonstrations, replica, body language, and facial expressions. 2y
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ztorres This resource provides different lessons that the teacher can use in the classroom like sentence starters, meeting the author, comprehension questions, and more. Great resources like this allow the teacher to use the book in different forms. 2y
StephanyNunez I used this book to create a reader theater because of all the souds and expressions the students can use when reding it. I think is a great book for all the students because is engaging, easy to read and understand. 2y
DrSpalding Several of your peers have read this book and whether it be a read aloud or readers theater, this book would be a positive addition to your classroom library. 2y
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This Caldecott award winning book would make a perfect RA in your classroom. This funny story is about some cows who get ahold of their farmers type writer & seem to try negotiating through letters. Until someone else on the farm gets their “hands” on the type writer! This MF story will keep your students smiling! I would use UDL principles 2.1(clarify vocabulary and symbols)& 3.2(highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas and relationships)

Vanvlieta as well as ESOL strategies 1(use pre-reading activities to activate former knowledge) & 2(plan readings that have repetitious text) https://www.readingrockets.org/article/revisiting-read-alouds-instructional-stra... #UCFLAE3415SP21 3y
PatriciaS Wonderful review 👍 thank you for the great resource activities designed for this book. I love animals and these books are great for literary and fluency exercises, added to my list. 2y
DrSpalding Reading rockets is a high-quality resource! You have done a nice job with your Universal design and English Leonard strategies 2y
DrSpalding I was introduced to this book by a middle school social studies teacher that used it to teach about labor forces and strikes! A good book truly can teach most things. 2y
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The Caldecott Honor book Cluck, Clack, Moo Cows That Type is a humorous and engaging MF-RA book to include in the classroom for some onomatopoeia fun!🐮 You will find out in this book that cows and chickens can be very stubborn when they have a typewriter.. what will the farmer end up doing with his farm?🐄 🐓 #UCFLAE3414SP21
https://doreencronin.com/books/click-clack-series/ This link includes the whole series of books with detailed description

KeanaE This book is so cute! I see you were in the CMC 👀📚!! 3y
Spearsall continued: of them along with some activities teachers and students can do! UDL principle 6.2 can be used: Support Planning and Strategy Development. This can be used with the attached website and activities provided:) ESOL strategy: Teach, think, pair and share strategies in cooperative groups, can be used while reading aloud this book🐮🐄🐓 3y
AlexRobinson Ugh you can just NEVER go wrong with this series!😂 always such a funny and silly book to read with your students, especially if you‘re dedicated to being silly and doing all the correct animal sounds! Another amazing strategy would be RT!! Would be SO fun to give the students props or costumes and let them be just as silly as the characters in the book. Great pick!! 3y
PatriciaS I like animal books and especially those that create fun for students with reading. Great review and resources too. 2y
DrSpalding I was initially introduced to this book by a middle school social studies teacher. The content in the book lens itself to teaching students about labor forces, strikes and of course compromise. As Keana noted, you truly utilized the CMC and the wonderful resources we have worked hard to obtain for your use! Thank you, thank you, thank you. 2y
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Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type is a Caldecott award winner; MF book by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin. The story is about cows and hens demanding electric blankets from the farmer using a typewriter. The farmer refuses, and the animals refused to give the farmer milk and eggs. The story is fun and is great for dramatic reenactment (DR). Continues.... #UCFLAE3414SP21

StephanyNunez This strategy uses UDL principle 8.3 (Foster collaboration and community). The UDL connects with DR because students must work collaboratively to act the story. The resource below is about the benefits of dramatic reenactment and the planning it requires. http://www.literacyworldwide.org/docs/default-source/member-benefits/e-ssentials... #UCFLAE3414SP21 3y
StephanyNunez ELL strategy 50 (For content comprehension use a variety of comprehension activities, such as strip stories, KWL activities, SQ3R, learning logs, role-playing activities, cloze strategy, etc.) #UCFLAE3414SP21 3y
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This MF, Caldecott Honor picture book is great for RT in the classroom (Script https://aroshiblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/choral-reading-cowsthattype1.pdf ) Students can take turns reading for each character, and reading out the onomatopoeia within the book. Another strategy for this book is CR. Each time the teacher reads “click, clack, moo”, the students can repeat after the teacher, enhancing their fluency.

OliviaBuck EL strategy 14: simplify your speech by making it slower and redundant, fits perfectly with this book and activity. During the choral reading, EL students have the chance to hear the words being spoken slowly and repetitively, allowing them to repeat the words back. UDL 5.3- build fluencies with graduated levels of support for practice and performance also fits with this book because students are given the chance to practice their fluency. 3y
PatriciaS I love this book and the coral reading really helps EL students with pronunciation and fluency too. 3y
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Click, Clack, Moo! 🐄 This MF, RA, Caldecott Honor story is such a great read for any classroom of young learners. This story is about a group of cows on a farm who got ahold of a typewriter. Farmer Brown is not thrilled about this and in turn make a deal with the cows. This story reinforces the importance of problem solving teaching students that situations can be resolved with compromise. #ucflae3414sp21

acassatta The UDL principles 9.2 and 9.3 deal with self regulation like coping skills and self-assessment corresponds well with the theme of this story. ESOL strategy #3 encouraging self-talk can correlate with this story just like Farmer Brown maybe had to do when he got his last note from the cows. (edited) 3y
faithcella19 Soooo cute 3y
AlexRobinson Aww I LOVED reading this with my kiddos! Yes like you said, great for the younger ages and not only does it teach and open discussion up for the topics you listed but also represents team work and collaborative efforts! Awesome pick! 3y
acassatta This website link takes you to a lesson activity. This is sequencing the events of the story! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Click-Clack-Moo-Cows-that-type-Seque... 3y
DrSpalding Students need books that reinforce problem-solving! This book was introduced to me by a social studies teacher in middle school. With all of the talk about strikes and compromise, I am sure you can tell why. This used to be a read aloud book choice however… The folks in TeachLivE got very tired of hearing the story because everyone picked it! I am glad you chose to read it for your reading response project. 2y
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This MF picture book written by Doreen Cronin and Illustrated by Betsy Lewin would so fun in classroom for a RT. This book also received the 2001 Caldecott Medal. The book is about cows that CLICK CLACK MOO all day long. They are really writing Farmer Brown notes about the better working conditions they would like. Kids would love the illustrations of this book and find it hilarious.

marissamaddox The UDL I would select is offer ways of customizing the display of information (1.1) because there are many great youtube videos of this story being told different ways. The ESOL I picked is 17. Provide contextual support through audio visuals, models, demonstrations, realia, body language and facial expressions. https://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewResourceLesson/Preview/58153
This CPALMS link is great for 1st grade, where they create a flip book
gpraytor I haven't read this book yet, but your post has me wanting to check it out. I love the link to CPalms! 3y
DrSpalding Late 3y
breadnroses lol CPALMS!! i‘m gonna guess you‘re also an education student in FL! 👋☺️ 3y
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