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Moo Moo, Brown Cow Hardcover – May 1, 1992

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From School Library Journal

Pre-Grade 1-- A ginger-colored kitten asks various animals if they have any babies in this seemingly simple concept book. A brown cow has one calf, a black sheep has two lambs, a yellow goat has three kids, etc. ; the kitten greets each animal by its trademark moo or baa or bleat. The large print is repetitive and easy to read. Gleaming watercolors completely fill each doubled-paged spread, giving such a lush feel to the book that its sheer attractiveness may captivate readers before its weaknesses become apparent. The blurred, impressionistic outlines of the animals and their mottled coloration make it far more challenging for fledgling counters than the similar, yet more successful, Brown Bear , Brown Bear (Holt, 1992) by Bill Martin, Jr . Nonetheless, Bonner's artwork is very appealing. --Anna DeWind, Milwaukee Public Library
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

``Baa baa, black sheep, have you any lambs? Yes kitty, yes kitty, two woolly lambs.'' From one brown cow to ten rainbow trout fry, Wood rehearses numbers, colors, and animals' names and voices in a repetitive text that will help young listeners learn, though it is not particularly imaginative. In the double spread illustrations, on the other hand, Bonner takes some unusual risks: the colors of his animals are strikingly close to their background--e.g., the orange hen and her yellow chicks are superimposed on a pale orange that might be derived by mixing the two. The result is arrestingly monochromatic compositions in which the animals are still recognizable and pleasingly lively. The appealing kitten who asks the questions ties it all together. Nice. (Picture book. 1-6) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (May 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152005331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152005337
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,335,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vania Reckard on February 1, 2005
Format: Board book
My daughter is 7 months old, and this has been her favorite book for at least 2 months. She immediately smiles and laughs when I begin reading the story to her every night (because we do read it _every_ night!). Several people have commented on the colors of the illustrations being too monochromatic, but I think that is part of the appeal. Some of her other books have very busy illustrations and I think are too much for her to take in. But the large blocks of color in Moo Moo Brown Cow are easy for her to focus on and she loves it. I would highly recommend this book!
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Since "Moo Moo, Brown Cow" is more or less a counting book, the clarity of the illustrations is very important. I think the artist's style makes it difficult for a small child to count the animals, especially on the pages with the piglets and the small fry. The colors are subdued and the animals are not distinctly depicted. My two-year old, who loves counting, is also not so interested in this book. If this were a different kind of story-book, the illustration might be very charming.

Despite the illustrations, the concept is simple and appealing: Kitty goes from mommy-animal to mommy-animal and asks how many babies each has. Each answers, the first animal having one baby, the second having two, etc. up to ten. With each animal the child also learns the correct term for the offspring.

If you are looking specifically for a counting book, I don't think this is a good choice. Otherwise, it definitely has its appeal as simple animal story for young toddlers.
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Format: Board book
My daughter was attracted to this book at 6 months and it continues to be her favorite book (now at 12 months). If I ask her to bring me a book, it's always this one. To me it seems to be the repetition of the similar phrases along with the colors and images that attracts her to it. It's hard, thick pages has stood up to her mauling and chewing on it.
I wouldn't use it as a learning tool as the illustrations, while colorful (great at 6 months) are hard to use as a counting tool and the animals while recognizable, aren't distinctive (ie. Goose and Duck are pretty much the same exect for color).
As a tool to keep her occupied and watch her grin ear-to-ear as we turn the pages together, it's outstanding!!
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By A Customer on April 8, 1998
Format: Board book
This book captured the attention of my 4 year old right away. It was because the concept is simple yet brilliant combination of rhyme, baby animals, color, numbers which all young children adore.The only problem with the book is the color of the illustrastions. For example the white duck was yellow. Sometimes you can barely make out the baby animals because the foreground and background colors were very close. But my son LOVES it.
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By A Customer on April 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My son four and my daughter two love this book. The colours are a bit off, eg the white duck is yellow, the red dog has a orange hue to it and the nine small fries are blurry making it hard for 2-4 year olds to count. I've changed the word white duck to yellow duck (using a sticker)because my son is beginning to read. My son has this book completly memorized just like brown bear, brown bear and is very proud he read it.
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By C. Jones on December 5, 2008
Format: Board book
I've had to purchase a replacement copy of this book. It was so well loved by our first three children that when number four took an interest in it, the spine literally fell apart. The repetitive, predictable text is part of the appeal. I have enjoyed watching each of my non-readers share the story with their next-younger sibling. Moo Moo, Brown Cow is a classic in our house!
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By Kidp on June 22, 2013
Format: Board book
The books I ordered were not only here in a week, but in excellent condition!
I am very satisfied with my books!
This book is one of our favorites!
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By Amber on December 5, 2012
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
I love this book. I think it is good for small children because it teaches them what sounds animals make and how to count at the same time in a fun way.
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