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The Cow Who Clucked

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  507 Ratings  ·  129 Reviews
Cow has lost her moo—can she find it again?

Having lost her moo, Cow is stuck clucking. The only thing to do is go out and find that moo! Join Cow and her friends as they conduct their vocal barnyard search. Cow tramps through a wheat field and on into the starry night until she is too tired to look any farther. But in the end, Cow and her moo are reunited, and all is well.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 8th 2006 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published 2006)
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Sep 01, 2008 george rated it it was ok
Cow wakes up and her moo is gone. Where is it? She has to find it and get it back, so she sets off to search the farm. She comes across many animals: fish, snake, cat, dog, duck and more. But none of the animals have her moo. Will she ever get it back?

I didn't really care for this. The illustrations are too dark and messy for my liking, and the story is kind of boring. I can see how it would be good for toddlers to match animal sounds with different animals, but I think there might be better boo
Sonja Nordstrom
Jul 14, 2016 Sonja Nordstrom rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
I chose this book to read to a 3-year-olds at a preschool. Instead of reading it myself, I played the accompanying CD. The narrator's voice, along with the other sounds, held the children's attention. This book held their attention. They asked to have it re-read to them several times.
Lindsey Kotynski
The book, The Cow Who Clucked, starts with a cow that wakes up to realize that she has lost her moo. She begins to search for her moo among all of her animal friends. When they make their own animal noise, the cow moves to her next friend in order to find her moo. The illustrations are very unique and essential to the story. Denise Fleming, the author, uses pulp painting to illustrate her books, which is a very interesting art form. This book is a great resource to teach children the different n ...more
Renee Clark
Jan 29, 2015 Renee Clark rated it really liked it
Before I read this book, I thought the title was catchy and caught my interest. Most people know a cow doesn't "cluck" so I was excited to see what this was all about. This book is about a cow that wakes up only to realize that she has lost her moo. So, she begins her journey to search for her moo. She encounters many different animals, however, they all make their own animal noise. The last animal she goes to on her journey is the Hen, which sure enough, has her moo. This is anticipated, howeve ...more
Rachel Tackett
Apr 15, 2014 Rachel Tackett rated it it was amazing
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Morgan Carter
Feb 05, 2014 Morgan Carter rated it really liked it
Shelves: patterned-book
The Cow Who Clucked, by Denise Fleming was a cute book great for younger children. This book is about a momma cow looking for her calf, or "Moo" as she calls it. Throughout the entire story, she is searching the farm, going from one animal to the next approaching them in the same way saying, "Cluck Cluck". The momma cow finally finds her moo towards the end of the book when she finds the hen who answers, "moo moo" in response to the cows "cluck cluck". The title of the book is perfect and make ...more
Madison Snow
Feb 05, 2014 Madison Snow rated it liked it
"The Cow Who Clucked" by Denise Fleming starts by showing a great illustration on the cover of cow with a farm in the background. The cover looks like it was drawn in chalk pastels. Upon opening the book the inside binding is a beautiful blue and yellow sky scenery. The scenery reminds me of "Starry Night" by Vincent van Gogh. The page with publishing information actually has a Vincent van Gogh quote on it which ties into the binding illustration. The story opens with a cow saying it lost its "m ...more
Carlos Gastelum
Fleming, D. (2006). The cow who clucked. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company.

The Cow Who Clucked is a well-rounded animal picture book, recommended for young beginning readers. The story is about a cow who loses her moo and decides to search the farm she lives on in hopes of retrieving it back. She goes along asking every animal she crosses paths with if they have taken her moo but has no luck finding it until she comes across a hen that solves her problem. The story is told in a combination of
Megan Compton
Feb 04, 2015 Megan Compton rated it liked it
I read two Denise Fleming books this week, and I enjoyed them both. Both were animal-related, but very very different. "Lunch" helped to explain a concept, while "The Cow Who Clucked" is more for just pure enjoyment. On a search for her "moo," Cow and her friends look everywhere on the farm until she is too tired to look anymore. But in the end, Cow finds her moo, as we expected.

The illustrations in this book remind me of "Lunch." They are creative and engaging, but seem very dated to me. Flemi
Dominique St-pierre
Feb 24, 2014 Dominique St-pierre rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
I absolutely love The Cow who Clucked by Denise Fleming. At first when I looked at it, I thought maybe too young for my Kindies. Then as I really took a closer look, I could see that there was much more than animals sounds to talk about - "When did Cow lose her voice?", "When did she start looking for her voice?" - you can really talk about the illustrations here. "How did she go about it? Did she just scream out, 'Where's my Moo?'" "How do you think Cow was feeling?" "Who actually Clucks?" and ...more
Brenna Call
Apr 25, 2011 Brenna Call rated it liked it
This was kinda fun, I thought it would have been better if it wasn't so repetitive though. It needed a little more explanation for how that sounds got mixed up I thought.
Oct 03, 2014 Kelsey rated it it was amazing
Cow searches among the animals for her moo. All of the animals respond with their own noises. Finally, Cow heads to the barn in defeat. She clucks to Hen and Hen responds with a moo. Finally, Cow finds her moo!

The Cow Who Clucked would be appropriate to share as a read aloud for children between birth and age three. Children will enjoy learning and practicing the variety of animal sounds. They may anticipate that Cow needs to find Hen in order to find her moo. It would be appropriate for develop
Taylor Railey
Apr 15, 2014 Taylor Railey rated it liked it
This book was about a cow who lost her moo. She traveled around the farm to find her and along the way she ran into many other animals. This book would be great to read to someone one-on-one. It can help a child learn the different sounds of farm animals. The story line wasn't the best and I seemed to get bored but it could be great for learning. The illustrations were big, which I love. They took up the entire page making it interesting to look at. I would have liked a different method of makin ...more
Pamela Howard
This book is a perfect mini- lesson for helping students identify with the feeling of losing a piece of who they are. Of course when introduced, you would have to begin with a back story of what it feels like to have lost something that is important and how this thing is a part of who you are. Also the the repetition of cow repeating "it isn't you who' s lost their moo" makes an imprint on the students mind which also keeps them engaged. This selection is very entertaining, has great illustratio ...more
Amy Holliday
May 14, 2008 Amy Holliday rated it it was amazing
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The story is great and very useful for reading to small toddlers. One of the first things toddlers learn and like to imitate is the sounds that animals make. Thus, reading books that talk about these sounds is a useful tool for beginning to get children interested in sitting down and hearing stories. Plus, children will readily identify that something is wrong when the cow clucks and this will be funny to them and they will want to see how it will be resolved. You can also
Anne Catesby
The Cow Who Clucked by Denise Fleming is an adorable story about a cow who woke up one day and could not find her moo. She searched all over the farm she lived on trying to find it and when she began to lose all hope she came across a hen who had woken up with the cows moo. I would love to have a story like this in my classroom. I feel that the children who come through would get so much enjoyment out of it. Even though I knew how the story was going to end I could not put the book down. I feel ...more
Sep 18, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
Denise Fleming has written and illustrated many-a-book, each one filled with vibrant colors and lots of zany characters. The Cow Who Clucked is, of course, about a cow. This cow has lost her "Moo". She clucks instead. She sets out to find her "Moo". She wants it back! She goes from one animal to another amidst the fields. Each animal calls out its noise letting Cow know that her "Moo" is not there, no not there either. The pattern of the few words is predictable, making a great story time read w ...more
Nov 14, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it
Denise Flemming has written and illustrated 13 picture books. Some of her more popular books include : The First Day of Winter, The Everything Book, and Alphabet Under Construction. Her illustrations for this book were done through pulp painting. She describes the process and a paper making technique. Flemming lives in Toledo, Ohio with her husband who also is the business of writing and illustrating children’s books.

The Cow Who Clucked is the story about a typical barnyard cow who wakes up one
Courtney Turpen
Feb 01, 2012 Courtney Turpen rated it really liked it
Shelves: group-1
The Cow who Clucked was a pattern book about a cow who lost his moo. Instead he could only cluck. So he set off on the adventure of looking for his lost moo. He checked all the farm animals and the animals the come his way. He searched and searched all day long. He ask the dogs, the snakes, and the goats, and still no moo. The frustrated cow marched his way home. Once he arrived at the barn at dark he shuffled past the hen and asked if they had his moo. Turns out he found it and they switched th ...more
Samantha Zapata
Sep 21, 2016 Samantha Zapata rated it it was amazing
This book reminds me so much of CLICK CLACK MOO. Super fun read and it's very enthusiastic!! Its very simple yet intriguing and great for littler kids. Great descriptions on what each animal's sound or call would say. The illustrations were the fun part, very colorful and fun. Not your typical water color plain faced book. Every animal was pictured as a different color compared to what you normally might think a cow or duck may look. Loved it:)
Jun 04, 2015 Russell rated it really liked it
Adorable book. Much like Forrest Gump, we follow a lovable idiot through their adventures.

Idiot, you ask? Of course. What kind of farm resident wouldn't recognize the cluck they had swapped for their moo, and where the cluck belonged? Does the cow ever question the young following her around all day, presumably based upon that noise she had swapped? Not once.

Thus, the cow is an idiot. The story remains strong, nonetheless.
Jan 21, 2012 Samantha rated it it was amazing
One morning a Cow wakes up to discover she has lost her "Moo", and the only sound she can make is a "Cluck". On her way to discover who has her "moo", she meets many other kinds of animals, including animals not typically associated with a farm! Cow eventually finds her moo, and the story concludes on a positive note for all.

I can't chose one particular reason why I loved this story so much. The colorful top to bottom illustrations alone could entertain the reader. I discovered that the author
Oct 15, 2013 Rachel rated it liked it
The Cow who Clucked is about a cow who loses her "moo". She spends her whole day going around the farm asking all the other animals if they have her "moo". By the end of the day she still cannot figure out who has her "moo". She gives up and heads back to the barn. When she gets to the barn she finds out that Hen had her "moo" all along.

This is a pattern book because each time Cow speaks to an animal she always says the exact same thing. It would be easy for students to follow and predict what
Apr 03, 2014 Vivian rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Can YOU guess who "stole cow's MOO"? Rhyming and repetitive text, large format, kid humor, and three little chicks (to look for on every page) all combine to make this a winner for a pre-school story time crowd.

Children enjoy identifying animals, telling the performer what sound each animal makes, and joining in to make a ruckus if invited to do so.
Mar 20, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
Cow wakes up to discover that she has lost her moo and now clucks. The art work is Fleming at her best with a nod to van Gogh on the endpapers. Be sure to begin the story at the first endpage. The first time I read this I began with the title page and missed a big clue. Also observant readers will notice the baby chicks on every page.
Chad VanDosen
Sep 14, 2016 Chad VanDosen rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
This is a great story for younger children. It has a pretty funny story line and kids would enjoy that. A cow that clucks like a chicken is funny to almost everyone! I really like the use of rhyming and repetition as well. It would keep the kids more engaged. I would have this book in my classroom!
Jun 11, 2015 Anthony rated it it was ok
A Cow wakes up in a field only to discover her moo has been replaced by a cluck, and so the search begins to find her missing moo. Following a trail of animal sounds she finds her missing moo! A mystery with too many who, what, when, where, and how's left unanswered.
Megan Richards
Apr 22, 2015 Megan Richards rated it liked it
Shelves: age-0-4-0-prek
Cute story about a cow who woke up one morning and clucked...she travels in search of her moo. She encounters varies animals trying to find her moo. The illustrations are very unique, bold and large images of the animals. Good for story time when working on animal sounds.
Kaitlyn Lawrence
Oct 14, 2015 Kaitlyn Lawrence rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, picture-book, k-2
I thought this book would be something that students would really enjoy reading. The cow goes around to all the other barn animals looking for her voice but all she can say to them is cluck cluck. The sounds help the animals come to life in the story.
Ria Gill
Apr 01, 2014 Ria Gill rated it really liked it
Denise Fleming's The Cow Who Clucked is an excellent read-a-loud because of all of the farm animals, and easy for children to follow. It is also a wonderful book to have students make predictions as to what will happen next.
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Denise Fleming has written and illustrated many children’s picture books, including In the Tall, Tall Grass, Shout! Shout It Out!, and Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy. She won a Caldecott Honor for In the Small, Small Pond. Denise creates her colorful illustrations by pouring colored paper pulp through hand-cut stencils. She lives in Toledo, Ohio.
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