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The literacy rate in Farmer Brown's barn goes up considerably once his cows find an old typewriter and begin typing. To the harassed farmer's dismay, his communicative cows quickly become contentious:
Dear Farmer Brown,
The barn is very cold at night. We'd like some electric blankets.
When he refuses to comply with their demands, the cows take action. Farmer Brown finds another note on the barn door: "Sorry. We're closed. No milk today." Soon the striking cows and Farmer Brown are forced to reach a mutually agreeable compromise, with the help of an impartial party--the duck. But this poor, beleaguered farmer's "atypical" troubles are not over yet!
This hilarious tale will give young rebels-in-the-making a taste of the power of peaceful protest and the satisfaction of cooperative give and take. Witty watercolors by award-winning illustrator Betsy Lewin (Snake Alley Band, Araminta's Paint Box) will make this a favorite for one and all, even if words such as "ultimatum" and "neutral" throw the younger set. (Ages 5 to 8) --Emilie Coulter
Plucky barnyard denizens unite to improve their working conditions in this hilarious debut picture book from Cronin (appropriately enough, an attorney). Farmer Brown is dumbfounded when his cows discover an old typewriter in the barn and begin experimenting ("All day long he hears click, clack, moo. Click, clack, moo. Clickety clack moo"). Things really get out of hand when the cows began airing their grievances. Lewin (Araminta's Paint Box) conveys the fellow's shock as he reads: "Dear Farmer Brown, The barn is very cold at night. We'd like some electric blankets. Sincerely, The Cows." When Farmer Brown denies the cows' request, the bovine organizers go on strike. Through the use of the man's shadow, Lewin communicates his rage: the straw in his hat creates the appearance of his hair on end. With help from a neutral duck mediator, the exasperated Farmer Brown finally makes concessions. But, much to his dismay, the cows are not the only creatures that can type. Cronin humorously turns the tables on conventional barnyard dynamics; Lewin's bold, loose-lined watercolors set a light and easygoing mood that matches Farmer Brown's very funny predicament. Kids and underdogs everywhere will cheer for the clever critters that calmly and politely stand up for their rights, while their human caretaker becomes more and more unglued. Ages 3-7. (Feb.)
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The book is funny and great. The "play set" included is not what i expected. It is very flimsy so it wouldn't last with a younger kid. Read morePublished on May 27 2013 by oba
Prompt email from seller to inform me of the date of arrival, arrived on time, great quality. Very pleased!Published on July 30 2010 by Jules
It's a funny book. I think it's funny because the cows and the
chickens trick Farmer Brown into giving them electric blankets
with help from the ducks by... Read more
We got this book out of a Cheerios' box during a literacy promotion sponsored by General Mills, and it has become my daughter's favorite. Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by Charity
I like the story because it was funny. My favorite part was when the ducks got the diving board. The ducks typed a letter to Farmer Brown because the pond was quite boring. Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2004
Animals bark moo squeal meow moo. Wait I already said Moo. Who cares? Moo moo moo!!!!! Cluck. Furry animals and scaly animals and giraffes have long necks. Moo again! Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2004 by Eric James
This is the tale of cows that find a typewriter and start issuing their demands to the farmer. The book has a lot of action and though some of the concepts are above the age level... Read morePublished on Dec 7 2003 by britneyxyz
My daughter received this book for her 2nd birthday. She LOVES it! I have read this book over and over again at her request and I still chuckle at the end. Read morePublished on Dec 6 2003
I first came across this book in a class at the college I recently graduated from. At the time we were studying about just war and how to resolve conflicts peacefully and it was... Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2003