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Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 1–A cow wakes up to find that she has lost her moo and is clucking instead. She visits various creatures throughout the countryside, clucking at them and getting answers in their natural sounds. 'Cluck, cluck,' said Cow. 'Meow,' said Cat. 'It is not you who has my moo,' said Cow. And on she went. The repetitive refrain, It is not you who has my moo, has a sonorous charm and invites participation. Some readers will quickly realize that if Cow is clucking, she should go directly to Hen to find her moo. The Greek chorus of yellow chicks (who apparently follow Cow because she sounds like their mother) might be another wink to readers. When Cow at last finds Hen mooing, the two animals trade sounds and the chicks–silent up to this point–immediately find their own voice: peep. The gentle inside jokes, the animal sounds, and the repetitive phrase constitute only a fraction of this book's appeal. Fleming is, after all, a thrilling illustrator whose pulp-painting technique brings subtlety and texture to densely colored art. Here, she creates a countryside inspired by Van Gogh, and the net result is some of her most sensational artwork to date. The layers of subtle humor and visual splendor are truly impressive.–Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
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When Cow awakens one morning to find herself making a "cluck" instead of a "moo," she begins a quest for her lost sound. She talks with Dog, Bee, Cat, Fish, Duck, Goat, Mouse, Snake, Squirrel, and Owl, but each animal makes its proper sound. Only when she returns to the barn and greets Hen with a "Cluck, cluck" does she hear the "Moo, moo" she has been missing. Their exchange of greetings makes the magical switch she has been longing for, and the happy Cow lets out a bellowing "Mooo." Fleming illustrates the story using her signature technique of pulp painting, in which the finished art is created as an integral part of the paper-making process. The large, deeply hued, double-page compositions feature the determined cow surrounded by a winning cast. Evidently inspired by Van Gogh's Starry Night, the endpapers add a distinctive beginning and ending to this pleasing picture book, which offers opportunities for children to chime in with farm animal sounds and to predict the story's outcome. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Lexile Measure: 340L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Printing edition (August 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805072659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805072655
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Denise Fleming won a Caldecott Honor for In the Small, Small Pond. She is the author and illustrator of eighteen picture books, including Buster.

Q: Where did you grow up?
A: I grew up in Toledo,Ohio, where I live still. I am a midwestern girl.

Q: What is your earliest memory of writing/drawing?
A: It seems like I was always writing and drawing. I wanted to share my ideas from the beginning. A bit bossy am I.

Q: What inspired you to write/illustrate your first book?
A: I started collecting picture books in art school. I was crazy about the whole picture book format. I realized, as I was sharing books with my daughter, that making books is what I needed to do.

Q: What are your hobbies and interests besides reading and books?
A: I work in clay, create art from tin cans, and make art dolls. Right now I am working on combining all three media. I also dye and paint fabric for the dolls.
Planting flowers and painting the outside of my house and studio is what I am busy doing right now.

Q: What one or two words of advice would you give for young authors/illustrators?
A: Experiment with different styles and media.

*From Macmillan's Denise Fleming page.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kylee's Mom on February 14, 2010
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This is one of the few books that has grown with my daughter. As an infant it was one of the few she enjoyed because of the great illustrations. At 2, she loved this book so much we bought a second copy. The first was paperback and didn't withstand her young enthusiasm. Though we've read it frequently for many months, it's still a staple.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa A. Gardner on October 26, 2009
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I thought the book "The Cow who Clucked" was a very unoriginal book in which young children can learn from. Most childrens books that teach children about farm animals are original and just like the next one. Fleming does an amazing job at creating a very funny, but educational story line for the story. It teaches children the differnt barnyard animals and the sounds they make. The story starts out with a cow, who just woke up,and realizes she lost her moo...instead she clucked. The first thing cow says is, "The first thing I must do, is find my moo." So she goes searching throughout the barnyard for her moo. She runs into dog first. Fleming, then,introduces the line that is repeated all throughout the rest of the book,"It is not you who has my moo." This phrase that is continually repeated allows easy reading for early readers. Cow asks many other barnyard animals such as bee, cat, fish, duck, goat, mouse, snake, squirrel, and owl if they have her moo. Cow found out they all had their right sounds. Finally cow asks hen and finds out she has her moo!! Fleming's illustrations are also unique and add to the story.This is an extremely great book and will capture any child's attention.
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By Psyche on February 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The Cow Who Clucked starts off with a quote by Vincent Van Gogh in the preface and an homage to Van Gogh in the endpapers. It's a great start - a brilliant start -- to a wonderful book.

The Cow Who Clucked is about animals. Farmyard animals. Talking farmyard animals. Silly talking farmyard animals. It is repetitive enough that young children can catch on right away, but no so much that their parents will be driven crazy. The story is funny. And silly. And full of animal noises.

The star of this book, however, is the artwork. Denise Fleming is wonderfully imaginative, not only in what she creates, but how she creates it. As a result, the illustrations are lush in color and rich in texture.
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