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The Cow That Went OINK

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Bernard Most's hilarious bestseller is finally available in paperback! This mixed-up barnyard tale of tolerance and friendship teaches kids (and creatures) that it's okay to be different . . . and sometimes even more fun!

A cow that oinks and a pig that moos are ridiculed by the other barnyard animals until each teaches the other a new sound.

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Overview


Bernard Most's hilarious bestseller is finally available in paperback! This mixed-up barnyard tale of tolerance and friendship teaches kids (and creatures) that it's okay to be different . . . and sometimes even more fun!

A cow that oinks and a pig that moos are ridiculed by the other barnyard animals until each teaches the other a new sound.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"[A] delightfully silly picture book with a not-so-silly message . . . Pure fun."--The Horn Book

"[An] entertaining barnyard tale . . . Young readers will love the silly animal laughs."--Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly
A cow that says "oink," and a pig that says "moo," ostracized by their respective peers, teach each other the appropriate sound to make, and get the last laugh. "The author slips several important morals-and considerable wit-into this entertaining barnyard tale," wrote PW. Ages 2-5. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
"Moinkoo? Moonk? Mook?" So goes the lesson that an oinking cow undergoes as she tries again and again to moo like the other cows on the farm. And who better to teach her than the pig who moos instead of oinks? For the cow and the pig have their sounds mixed up, and all of the other farm animals laugh at them. "Quack-ha," laughs the duck, and "cluck-ha," laughs the rooster. But the cow and pig's persistence in teaching each other the typical sounds each should make is unwavering. The writer has fun with silly sounds from cover to cover, and the illustrator playfully uses light repetition in shapes and colors throughout, bringing together the light-heartedness of the story and the pictures. Large text also adds to the high readability, making this endearing story perfect for teachers and librarians to share with groups of children. And youngsters will probably relate well to these characters, who teach that individuality is a good thing, and yet it is okay to conform also. For the cow and the pig end up the winners when they each have two distinct sounds, when the other farm animals' sounds are singularly predictable. 2003 (orig. 1990), Voyager Books, Ages 2 to 5.
—Cherie Ilg Haas
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152047634
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 160,912
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: 270L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


BERNARD MOST has written and illustrated many popular children's books, including The Cow That Went OINK, If the Dinosaurs Came Back, How Big Were the Dinosaurs?, Whatever Happened to the Dinosaurs?, and Where to Look for a Dinosaur. He lives in New York.
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  • Posted July 23, 2013

    For Valentine's Day one year, I painted a big shipping box to lo

    For Valentine's Day one year, I painted a big shipping box to look like a barn and put in it a plush cow and a pig and this book, and gave it to my then two-year-old son. Weird -- yeah, maybe. Smart -- yeah, definitely. He likes the toys and the book, and all of his farm animals are now housed in the barn box.
    I first encountered this book in its oversized version when my friend and former colleague, Louise N., were looking for books for Reader's Theatre. We found this book, and since we already had the pig and cow puppets, it was a cinch to use. The only challenging part was turning those oversized pages and working the puppets at the same time, but that's another story. Anyway, whether this story is being read to thirty five-year-olds or one two-year-old, it's a riot. Which makes it hold up really well for repeated reading and is one of my standards in buying a child's book.
    The title of the book tells about half the story, so I won't give away any more. It does have a happy ending, which is another one of my standards in buying a child's book, especially for a toddler.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2001

    easiets way to teach moral

    It was one of the easiest way to relate the moral of the story to the children. Never judge a book by its cover, as they say. And the best part of it is that it's a very good comparison between the two animals that is of diff. backgrounds.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2001

    Awareness of language differences and values

    I have used this book in teacher training for ESL students. All teachers agree that the content, besides being delightfully appropriate for children, is exceptionally perfect for teaching awareness of the advantages of being bilingual. Also, it's great for using role playing, chorus reading, and all other techniques in a language class.

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