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The horse loves hay, the chickens need feed, the geese munch on corn, the hogs devour slop, the dog eats treats, but THE COW LOVES COOKIES?

A twist on the ordinary barnyard picture book, the latest read-aloud from bestselling author Karma Wilson is a clever entry into an curious incident on the farm. As the farmer makes his rounds each day, most of the animals chew on the...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Monica!
Cow and Farmer made a deal, and every day they share a meal. Farmer packs a picnic lunch, and when the two sit down to munch, he takes cookies from a tin and Cow gives milk to dunk them in.

“Yum,” says Farmer. Cow says, “Mooo.” Cow is happy. Farmer too. They both LOVE milk and cookies.


Already suffering from a serious weight problem, Farmer later developed diabetes as a result of his daily cookie binging and needed a foot amputated.

The end.
Ezekiel
Rhyming book about the different farm animals and what they like to eat. Each time a new animal is named the list of the other animals follows, and the list rhymes but doesn't repeat from each repetition to the next. The illustrations are loose and colorful as well. So you think I'd at least like this book but...

I have to admit, I found the ending a little creepy, where the reason the cow loves cookies is because every day she and the farmer go have a "picnic lunch" where he milks her and they s...more
Tasha
Told in a jaunty rhyme, this book shows life on a farm through a funny, quirky lens. Farmer feeds each animal every day. The horse eats hay. The chickens eat chicken feed. The geese eat corn. The pig eats slop. The dog loves doggie treats. As each animal is introduced along with the food it eats, the chorus chimes in with “the cow loves cookies.” Then with each new animal, the previous ones are added to the rhyme, forming a fun, cumulative tale. In the end, the reader will be pleased to find out...more
Marcie
Mar 13, 2011 Marcie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Marcie by: Woodbury new books
I love this participatory read aloud to follow with cookies and milk. I can't wait to read it to Kindergarten where I volunteer. I usually use an Amy Krause Rosenthal Cookies book to start my University class, but will probably use this in the fall. I can see it fitting into class farm units or poetry writing models. One page had a layout that was a problem for me as it altered traditional tracking and had the two page spread read top to bottom one page at a time, but did the reading left to rig...more
Christine
The Cow Loves Cookies
By Karma Wilson

Awards: Iowa Goldfinch Award 2013-2014
Audience: Primary; K-2
Genre: Picture Book--Fiction

Pre-reading Strategy: T Chart
Before letting your students see the title of the book, create a T Chart (on the board or on chart paper).
On the left side write “Farm Animals” and on the left side write the question:”What type of food do they eat?”
Have students think of all the animals they can think of that might live on a farm (horse, cow, chickens, geese, hogs, dog, ducks,...more
Reader
Man did this one fly under the radar in 2010 (hmm - some sort of children's literary cloaking device?). It's about time to give it the recognition it deserves. An absolute read aloud winner that invites participation and puts a fresh face on a setting and style (the farm and rhyming) that has been around the block once or thrice. It doesn't seem like it, but the book is essentially a mystery - namely, what's up with the cow loving cookies? All the other farm animals like the usual feed and slop,...more
Loren
My new favorite book of 2010! I can't say enough about how wonderful this book is ... it has everything going for it (illustrations, wonderful rhyming, humor). Like I said can't say enough ... don't miss this one. I think this should be considered when Caldecott time rolls around in 2010 although the illustrations do not stand alone in terms of plot and story progression they are refreshing and delightful all the same. I have always been a huge Karma Wilson fan (even before she visited the Dubli...more
Kathryn
There is nothing particularly ground-breaking about this book in which various farm creatures get their traditional feed, but the cow insists on the cookies that she loves so well. But, gosh, it's so cute--I love Karma Wilson, her rhymes are always so engaging and delightful, and the illustrations are very cute, too. I like the reciprocal relationship the farmer and the cow have and the ending just left me with a big grin and a chuckle.
John
I usually read in complete silence. It takes a lot of energy for me to focus and my mind often wanders to lesson plans, other books I need to read, and fifty other things. You probably don't know this but I'm the Energizer Bunny. Therefore, I know a picture book is perfect when my long TO DO list disappears and I read the entire book aloud to an empty room. The Cow Loves Cookies is one of those books.
Annelise
Cows don't love cookies. Chickens don't love feed -- they love grass and bugs and even pebbles. All the animals don't really love what Karma Wilson says, they really love grazing and foraging. It's cute until the details slay me -- I am way too into agricultural reform to enjoy this book.
Cristina
Can see this being a big hit with the preschools as they can shout "the cow loves cookies!" all the time throughout the story.
Danielle
Audience: Primary
Genre: Picture/Animals/Comedy
Pre-Reading Strategy: Shared Reading

Script:

This would be a excellent book to use for students who are having a more difficult time reading.

First, we would start off with going over the book. We would discuss the title, the cover of the book, and the author. Based on what we know so far, we would make predictions of what we think might happen in this book.

I would read aloud the story to the students, taking time to pause and asking students about what...more
David
In The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Marcellus Hall, the horse loves hay, the chickens need feed, the geese munch on corn, the hogs devour slop, the dog eats treats, but THE COW LOVES COOKIES!

I reach for Bear Snores On as a favorite read-aloud. Now Karma Wilson has produced another read-aloud that should be equally appreciated. It made me think of another favorite cow read-aloud - Click Clack Moo.

The text features rhythm, rhyme and repetition that will attract young listener...more
Heidi
Very good. A perfect preschool storytime choice. The pictures are fun and not too busy. They also seem to have a "younger" quality to them. The rhyming is done well and makes the book flow. The repetition of what the animals eat is not distracting or annoying, and actually would make the kids feel more connected. The ending is hilarious.

A good choice for Beehive nominee. And I can't wait to try this in a storytime!

2/15/12 This worked quite well in storytime. It reads easily and the kids love the...more
Teacher.
The Cow Loves Cookies is a sweet picture book from author Karma Wilson. I wasn’t sure what to think about Wilson’s new book, but I was pleasantly surprised by the cute story about a farmer and his cow who loves cookies.

The story is set on a farm with all of the usual cast of barnyard characters. Each animal is introduced by tell what farmer feeds the animal. The list of animals and feed are reviewed as you meet each new friend. The rhyme is refined with such a natural cadence to the words, it’...more
Angie
This is one of my all-time favorite children's books.

First of all, it's hilarious. Second, it rhymes. I am a sucker for rhyming children's books.

This was my first introduction to Karma Wilson. She is a children's literary genius. Her books are simple enough young children to enjoy, but witty enough for adults (at least this adult). I also love the cadence of her writing. She is a genius, I tell you, a genius!

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun read!
Sarah Sammis
Jul 02, 2012 Sarah Sammis rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sarah by: 100 Scope Notes
I first heard of The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson when it was short listed for a Cybils. When I saw it at the library, I had to check it out. I'm glad I did.

The book starts out with an adorable cover. There's the farmer holding a cookie behind his back. He has a sly look on his face. The cow is wagging her tail like a dog.

The book is for the most part a standard rhyming book about life on the farm. There are all the usual animals and where they live and what they eat and so forth. But there...more
Kelly
There is just something about this book that makes it so much fun to read. It may be the fantastic rhyming that goes on (it isn't forced, and it's so downright melodic it just about sings in your head), it may be the adorable story line (a cow that loves cookies!), it may be the adorable illustrations (all the animals are just adorable!), or it may just be the entire package.

This story follows a farmer as he feeds all the animals on the farm. All of them eat typical farm-animal fare (the pigs lo...more
Britteny Gilge
I picked this book out to read based just off the cover. When I looked at the famer’s smirk holding the cookie behind him and the cow licking his lips staring at the cookie it made me laugh. As I started to read I was not disappointed. This rhyming book takes us through the farm showing us all the different animals and what they like to eat. The illustrations are colorful and eye catching. I liked how each time a new animal is talked about the animals that were previously talked about we also li...more
Amanda Harris
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The Library Lady
No matter who the illustrator, Karma Wilson's books are always a delight and this one is no exception.
Her sense of rhythm is as impeccable here as in the immortal Bear Snores On series, but here she has turned to the farmyard.
Most of Farmer's animals eat what animals usually eat, but not the cow. Each stanza ends with the chorus "but the cow loves cookies". Save for the last page, that is, which ends with a nice little twist that might make for a sequel. The illustrations are bold, bright and fu...more
Dolly
Feb 15, 2011 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2011, childrens, rhyming
We just love books by Karma Wilson. We love the fun, sing-song rhyming narratives and the whimsical repetition that kids just can't help but join along in reading aloud. The watercolor illustrations are terrific and while you just can't beat the classic Bear series of collaborations between Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman, we really enjoyed this book. It was so fun to read together. I can see our youngest asking for this one again and again.
Sarah Lane
A cute book following the animals at the farm and what they eat. Except the cow only eats cookies! This is a silly rhyming book that children would love to hear/read because of the repeating and funny cow.
Jenny
This is a cute little book in rhyme that states what all the animals in the barnyard are fed. Every few pages it points out that the cow loves cookies. My 5-year-old loved filling in that part.
Brooke
This is book is interactive with the animal noises and callback. The kids had fun with it, and it's not too long. Plus everybody loves cookies! Also good for sharing.
Taylor Troncin
This book was not quite what I expected. However, it was really cute and engaging for my son. He loves animals, so reading about some of the silly things animals might do (like a cow eating a cookie) caught his attention.
Vivian
Wilson serves up yet another "read-aloud" triumph (along with cookies and milk). You're sure to have some fun with this farm feeding story in verse.
Amanda Dominik
I love Karma Wilson, so it is weird I hadn't read this one. I read it during a storytime I did with a "sweet tooth" theme. It was so fun, and the kids loved it! The repetitive nature of "but the cow loved cookies" got the kids engaged and reading along with me. The rhyming of what all the other animals ate allowed me to create a nice cadence as I read, which definitely helped keep the attention of my audience. The kids loved the ending. Definitely recommended for pre-k,ages 3-5. Any younger and...more
Layla & Rachel
Karma Wilson's The Cow Loves Cookies is a cute book. Another book that is not amazing, but just cute.

Here's the problem. The [silly] issue that Rachel has with it. It calls the horse "horsey." Twice. If there is anything that drives Rachel absolutely bonkers, it's calling animals cutsey names. You wanna call a dog a 'puppy'? Fine. A cat a 'kitty'? Whatever.

But a horse is not a horsey. A fish is not a fishy. Seriously?

We can't even continue reviewing this book because of the use of horsey. That's...more
Jennifer
This is a great read aloud book! Used this for our Down on the Farm storytime. The kids loved repeating "But the Cow Loved Cookies". I love Karma Wilson and I use a lot of her books in my storytimes because they are great read alouds. A funny moment was at the end when the farmer shares his cookies with the cow and the cow shares her milk, one little girl said "Ewwww.... I wouldn't drink milk from a cow and I said where do you think milk comes from and her eyes got big and she said It comes from...more
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