The Cow Loves Cookies
written by Karma Wilson; illustrated by Marcellus Hall
(Margaret K. McElderry Books) 2010
Source: Mebane Public Library
The horse loves his hay and the chickens love their feed. As a matter of fact, most of the animals on Farmer's farm eat what you would expect them to eat. But the cow loves cookies. She's not interested in pig slop, or doggy treats. The corn adored by the geese holds no charm for her. But the cow loves cookies. It's not until near the end of the book that we find out why the cow holds out for sweet treats. Apparently she and Farmer made an unusual deal that results in a daily delight for the two of them.
The Cow Loves Cookies was an engaging read aloud in my class, but it turned out to be more than just a book where students could chime in on the predictable rhymes. My kindergartners asked about the meanings of the words "glop" and "slop" which led to a discussion of pig food on a farm. They questioned aloud, without prompting, about why the cow liked cookies which led them to make predictions. This book just seemed to open the thinking floodgates in my class. I was pleasantly surprised to have a "deeper read" than expected. The Cow Loves Cookies is a whimsical read aloud full of surprises and delightful illustrations that will get your kids' minds buzzing.
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