The Cow Loves Cookies [NOOK Book]

Overview

The horse loves hay, the chickens need feed, the geese munch on corn, the hogs devour slop, the dog eats treats, but the cow loves…COOKIES?

With an original twist on the ordinary barnyard book, the latest read-aloud from bestselling author Karma Wilson is a clever exploration of a curious incident on the farm. As the farmer makes his rounds each day, most of the animals chew on the foods a young reader would expect. But when it’s time to feed ...
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Overview

The horse loves hay, the chickens need feed, the geese munch on corn, the hogs devour slop, the dog eats treats, but the cow loves…COOKIES?

With an original twist on the ordinary barnyard book, the latest read-aloud from bestselling author Karma Wilson is a clever exploration of a curious incident on the farm. As the farmer makes his rounds each day, most of the animals chew on the foods a young reader would expect. But when it’s time to feed the cow, she feasts on a special treat. Wilson’s signature style and Marcellus Hall’s spirited watercolors will delight children on and off the farm—because when it comes down to it, who doesn’t love milk and cookies?
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Wilson's (Bear Snores On) rhymed cumulative poem introduces children to the kinds of food farm animals eat. "When-ever Farmer feeds the horse,/ he feeds the horsey hay, of course." Each stanza ends by emphasizing that, "the cow loves cookies," and portrays the cow stealing cookies from a round-faced baby or pilfering cookies from a cookie jar (while wearing a rather guilty expression). Hall's (City I Love) watercolor illustrations, lined in thick, black ink, feature an old-fashioned, idyllic farm with a white-bearded farmer, cookies the size of pancakes, and a gaggle of hungry animals. "So why does the cow love cookies?" Because the cow and farmer have made a deal--every day they have a picnic lunch, and "when the two sit down to munch,/ he takes cookies from a tin/ and Cow gives milk to dunk them in." While some parents may object to a book that encourages making cookies one's primary food group, children will identify with the blissful look of the farmer and his cow who "both love milk and cookies!" Ages 3-7. (July)
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*"Well-executed, bouncing rhyme will have children bobbing their heads. . . . Hall’s sure-handed strokes of graphite carve out friendly, watercolor animals and farm vistas. . . . This self-assured, simple and successful picture book closes with a goofy, age-old punchline that will get giggles every time. —Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

"Rhymes are lively and steady, pitch perfect for a read aloud. . . . Sturdy ink outlines filled with confident swaths of watercolor will stand up well to group viewing. Expect demands for repeat readings, and then break for a snack of, well, you know what." —Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

"Warm, funny, . . . The big, clear watercolor pictures with thick ink lines leave lots of white space, and the simple rhyming lines, with descriptive words and messy action, will encourage preschoolers to join in. . . . [Kids will delight] in the sounds of the words and the delicious rhymes. —Booklist

"If the very rhythm of the title reminds you of its ancestry—Bear Snores On is Karma Wilson’s earlier best-selling work—then you know you’ll be reading this book over and over again to little listeners. . . . This bovine is outdoing the Cookie Monster." — The Hartford Courant

"The cleverly rhyming text and pace of the story make it perfect for a read-aloud. The whimsical ink and watercolor illustrations add to the humor. An instant storytime crowd pleaser." —School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Many school lunchrooms no longer serve sweet desserts, and even Sesame Street's longtime resident Cookie Monster has cut back on the sugary goodies. Not so, for Wilson's new hero! This cow, as the title proclaims, "loves cookies"—and, boy, is she ever allowed to indulge! While the farmer feeds his other animals appropriate meals (hay for the horse, chicken feed for the chickens, cracked corn for the geese, slop for the pigs, and so on), he lets the cow eat only cookies. Why? Because he loves them, too. Farmer and cow, Wilson explains, have "a deal." Every day, the farmer provides the cookies, and the cow provides the milk so together they can enjoy a yummy meal. Parents who struggle to get healthy foods into their children may be turned off by this cookie-centric story, and they'll be missing out. Wilson's tale is all in good fun, not intended to be realistic or prescriptive in nature. Rather, as outlandish tales often do, this story is likely to inspire children to give voice to their own individual preferences and make up their own fantastic stories. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
Gr 1—As a farmer makes his daily rounds, readers learn what he feeds his animals and how often. "Whenever Farmer knows what the horse,/he feeds the horsey hay, of course./The horse just loves to nibble hay./He eats it every single day. " In a twist, readers are reminded after each animal's feeding, "But the cow loves cookies." As the cumulative story progresses, what each creature eats is repeated in successive fashion. "The geese munch corn; it tastes so fine./The hogs think slop is just divine./The dog adores his doggy treats./But Cow would rather eat things sweet…." The story ends with Farmer and Cow sharing cookies and milk. The cleverly rhyming text and pace of the story make it perfect for a read-aloud. The whimsical ink and watercolor illustrations add to the humor. An instant storytime crowd pleaser.—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439156162
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 7/12/2011
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 772,638
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD510L (what's this?)
  • File size: 11 MB
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Meet the Author

Karma Wilson
Karma Wilson is the bestselling author of several picture books for Simon and Schuster, including the Bear series and Where is Home, Little Pip? Karma lives in Idaho, USA.
Marcellus Hall graduated with a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. His art has appeared on the cover of The New Yorker, as well as in The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, and Time magazine. His first book for children was Because You Are My Baby. He lives in New York City, and can also be found at MarcellusHall.com.
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  • Posted August 22, 2010

    Your preschoolers next favorite book!

    You might get a little craving for cookies and milk after reading this book. It's full of short and simple text with big, bright and colorful illustrations. But what I loved most about this book was the reason why the cow loves cookies. The book describes what happens on a typical farm day. The horse eats hay, the chickens eat chicken feed, the geese eat sweet corn, the hogs eat slop, the dogs eat dog treats but, "the cow would rather eat things sweet." The farmer and cow eat lunch with each other everyday. Together that have worked out a plan to share their food. One brings the cookies while the other provides the milk.

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  • Posted June 8, 2011

    Wonderful to read over and over!

    My children love this book and the adults don't mind reading this one again and again! So cute.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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