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review 2017-01-14 04:35
Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type
Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type - Doreen Cronin,Betsy Lewin

Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type is a story about cows owned by Farmer Brown. These cows type and post memos or letters to Farmer Brown about their demands/requests for different things. The cows type on behalf of other animals in the barn as well.


This book lends itself well to talk about writing a letter to someone and the specific parts of a letter (heading, greeting, body, closing, and signature). I would allow my students to write a letter to a relative or friend for this activity. There is a song about the parts of a letter (set to the tune of "The Addams Family") that I would use as a memory aid for students, adding movements or snaps with the song. Before having them write their own letters, I would do an example with class input then, or we would have been preparing by writing letters as a class.


Lexile Level - AD160

(AD: Adult Directed, a book typically read to students)

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review 2016-10-29 23:39
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type - Doreen Cronin,Betsy Lewin

Written by: Doreen Cronin 

Illustrated by: Betsy Lewin 


Click, Clack, Moo is about a bunch of farm animals that get ahold of a typewriter and start sending Farmer Brown notes about different things that they want. But Farmer Brown thinks the animals requests are crazy so he refuses and the animals go on strike, refusing to do what he asks. Eventually, the animals and Farmer Brown reach an agreement and the animals get what they asked for.


This book is fun for 2nd-4th graders. An activity you could do with students would be to have them write their own letters to Farmer Brown, telling him what they might want and pretending to be different animals. This book also has repetition which helps to get the students involved in the reading of the story! 

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review 2014-08-27 20:40
Attachments - Rainbow Rowell

We hope you have enjoyed our presentation of Attachments: A Novel by Rainbow Rowell says the audiobook reader at the end of the book.

No. No, I really haven't. Thank you, though.

Hello, I am the Lone Dissenter.
I am here to say that I know what this book should have done for me and why I should have completely loved it. I know why it appeals to everyone else and their sisters. I get all that. And yet...

See, here's my problem: This book runs parallel to my back-then life; the characters are my age, I lived through Y2K in a very similar fashion, I've done the e-mailing daily conversations to work friends in the late 90's, I've both e-stalked someone and given them all the attributes I wanted them to have and then fallen in love with the creature I created in my head and I've had it done to me (which resulted in real, actual stalking and was scary as hell), I've spent time in Nebraska (waaay too much time), I've stopped my life to live for someone else, someone who didn't love me like I loved him...everything in this story was incredibly relatable when seen through the goggles of my own history.
And I hated it.

I think maybe I'd have liked this had it actually been written in 2000 and had I read it then. Maybe I would have found it sweet and not unhealthy. Had this come out around the same time as Bridget Jones, I'm sure I'd have gobbled it up as a read-alike and been completely delighted.

It's too late for me, though. It's not too late for all of you who have not become cynical, bitter curmudgeons, for those of you who still think someone counter-stalking their stalker is romantic, for those of you who don't need their characters to have self-worth or to be strong or to not be unknowingly beautiful. For those of you who wonder why Beth and Jennifer don't have any other friends.

I thought chapter 88 was going to pull things around, put it all into perspective. (view spoiler)
It didn't work out that way and I was left disappointed.

This wasn't the story for me. It was and is, however, a wonderful story for many other readers and I appreciate that.

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