by David LaRochelle
illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2013
It starts like any other day on the farm – Cow placidly grazes in the field, then it all begins! She notices the farmer leaving a “For Sale” sign on his shiny red convertible. Cow instantly sees a moo-velous opportunity to spice up her day, and before long she and the car are exuberantly joyriding down the road. Like many road trips, this one includes unforeseen disaster. After an encounter with the police, Cow heads home to face the moo-sic, and the hilarious resolution to the story will leave readers smiling. The story is written almost entirely in Cow, but it causes no problem for human readers since the punctuation, capitalization, and art all combine to tell a very clear story. “Moo-moo!” translates very obviously to “Uh-oh!” as Cow sees danger ahead. Adults and children will find that this deceptively simple story is truly a pleasure to read–and moo!–together.
Music & Lyrics by Tom Lieberman, © 2014, Liza Rose Records (ASCAP)
These free activities will get you and your child thinking, drawing, moving, singing, reading, and learning together. Once Upon a Reader celebrates Minnesota’s rich cultural heritage by engaging young children with books and music by Minnesota authors, artists, and musicians at Minnesota libraries. As children connect around one book together–talking about it, singing songs about it, and more–they build important early literacy skills that help get them ready for school success.
Below, parents, caregivers, and educators will find free downloadable activities which are designed to pair with Moo!, and to encourage families to continue the statewide celebration of the book at home.
When reading Moo! with children, have fun! The more you engage children in the telling of the story, the more valuable the experience will be for both of you (this is true of all books). Ask children what they think will happen next. Use the book and the activities below as jumping-off points for great conversations.
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Organize a Drive-In Moo-vie by letting kids turn cardboard boxes into cars. After decorating their cars, have them park in front of the projector screen, hand out popcorn or other treats, and show the animated video of Moo! available by clicking the button below!