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PreS-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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Why does the cow named in the title love cookies? The answer makes a warm, funny, repetitive story. Hogs eat slop: “They love to eat the gooey glop.” “The geese honk for joy and flap their wings. They love the corn that Farmer brings.” But the cow loves cookies. Why? 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. The image of the cow sticking her head through the kitchen window to slurp up the newly baked cookies is as entertaining as the picture of a grinning horse nibbling hay. A culminating scene shows the farmer with the cow taking a sweet snack break together. Even after kids learn why the cow loves cookies, they will enjoy going back to the story's beginning and delighting in the sounds of the words and the delicious rhymes. Preschool-Grade 2. --Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 510L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; Repackage edition (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416942068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416942061
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My life is a series of lessons and moments that see me to the next lessons and moments. Some moments are sweet, some scary, some a blur gone too fast and forever missed. I write for children because all of these steps started there, in childhood, and that sense of wonder, keen curiosity, and the ability to see things much kinder and more magical than they actually were, fades as time passes and years and experience claim your naivety. For me it is a feeling only rekindled when I am creating books, stories and poetry.

My children, family and friends are a great inspiration to me, and the support of my readers is a tremendous honor. It is always my desire to entertain children and encourage them to think about and explore their world, and the worlds beyond, embrace creativity, and love learning for the duration of their life. Knowledge comes through words, so for me literacy is the foundation of education, and it bears the fruit of intelligent and empathetic citizens of this world and humanity.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Cow Loves Cookies has it all. It's a great rhyme; it's sing-song nature just begs to be read aloud, it has colorful illustrations with expressive farm animals, a repeating refrain that will pull in an audience, and a tag line at the end that will be sure to get the laughs. This is a great take on the traditional farm story. Instead of cow goes moo, etc.., we get horses eat hay, pigs eat slop, geese eat corn, chicken eat chicken feed, and dogs get treats. So why does The Cow Love Cookies? Well, the answer is one that just about every kid will appreciate. A big recommend for toddlers and preschoolers. It's the perfect length so even the youngest story timers won't get bored. This one belongs in every story time collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By maybennett on August 22, 2010
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MaryJean on August 19, 2010
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I enjoyed this book so much, I bought one for each of our grown children to read with their children. I read "The Cow Loves Cookies" to my friends at the nursing home and special things happened there, too. People "helped" read the story with me, some laughed, some pointed bony aging fingers toward the lively farm animals. One time saliva dripped out of a friend's mouth. Her smile was priceless. Another non-verbal friend asked me to come back and read it again.

How fun to watch facial expressions change from curiosity to understanding! I especially enjoyed keeping the secret answer to why the cow loves cookies until the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard and Liz TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 20, 2014
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...the chickens love chicken feed, the geese much corn, the hogs like slop, the dog likes its treats but what does the cow like? COOKIES! LOL! I have never tried giving our milk cow cookies, maybe she would give more milk?!

I love the way this story ends with the farmer on his milk stool out in the field eating cookies with the cow & the cow providing the milk to go with them.

If your child is not used to farm life and does not know that milk does not originally come from the plastic milk bottles in the grocery store then this will be a great introduction to her/him. If your kids already know this then they will just smile and probably ask you for milk and cookies when you are done reading :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cheri Clark on August 15, 2012
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The Cow Loves Cookies is a really cute book I love reading with my grandchildren. The three year old wants it repeated and says the phrase "The cow loves cookies" wherever it appears in the book. She gets all excited and says it with great enthusiasm. The book has become a favorite here at my house.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neiko on December 21, 2011
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My 2 year old loves farm animals and cookies so this book is perfect. He picks it out to read everyday! It's a cute story and we love the pictures. He loves how it repeats and knows when to say "cookies" when it comes along in the story. I'm so glad I bought this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol H. Sibley on May 27, 2011
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"The Cow Loves Cookies" has been named a 2011 Wanda Gag Read Aloud Book Award for excellence in reading aloud to younger children. See: <...>
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kaye Sheets on December 26, 2012
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Great book would recommend for 10 years old and under, Great children's book, fun story, great pics. Love this author
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