From School Library Journal
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