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The Cow Loves Cookies

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  3,218 Ratings  ·  262 Reviews
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? Don’t miss this barnyard treat, featuring a new cover, from the author of the New York Times bestselling Bear series.

With an original twist on the ordinary barnyard picture book, this read-aloud from bestselling author Karma Wilson is
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Sep 24, 2011 Ezekiel rated it did not like it
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
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
Jun 14, 2010 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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
Aug 04, 2010 Marcie rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 03, 2013 Christine rated it it was ok
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,
The Library Lady
Jul 13, 2011 The Library Lady rated it really liked it
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
Jan 03, 2011 Reader rated it really liked it
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
Aug 04, 2010 Loren rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 02, 2010 John rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 05, 2011 Kathryn rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 03, 2012 Cristina rated it really liked it
Can see this being a big hit with the preschools as they can shout "the cow loves cookies!" all the time throughout the story.
Adalyn McCarty
Feb 23, 2017 Adalyn McCarty rated it liked it
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This would be a great book for the younger grade levels. It is a sequence book that goes through all the different farm animals and what they eat. After all the animals are repeated a new one gets added in and I think it's great for kids working in sequences and memorization. The illustrations are simple and cute and I'm sure it will make the kids giggle.
Mar 22, 2017 Jody rated it really liked it
Cute story with great rhyming schemes.
Mar 18, 2017 Hannah rated it liked it
Fun repetition! Perfect for preschoolers!
Feb 03, 2016 Spencer rated it it was amazing
Executive Summary: "The Cow Loves Cookies" is an enlightening, humorous story about different farm animals, a farmer, and their favorite foods. While the story continues to introduce new animals like the horses and their hay along with the chickens and their feed, it always returns to the idea of the cow and his cookies. Finally, the author poses the question, "Why does the cow love its cookies," which he answers by revealing the relationship between the farmer and the cow. Both the farmer and t ...more
Brooke Kruger
Dec 30, 2016 Brooke Kruger rated it it was amazing
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This is one of my favorite books to read aloud to my child. Great cadence to the words, and a story my child personally relates to (she also loves cookies)
Apr 11, 2011 David rated it really liked it
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
Abigail Flanagan
Plot: The Cow Loves Cookies is a rhyming book that talks about what certain animals eat. It gives children the knowledge of what animals like to eat while also being silly because at the end of story it talks about how the cow likes cookies and we all know that cannot be true! This book is great for teaching children rhyming words and different animals on a farm.

Literary Merit: This book taps into children's silly side but also tells them real foods that real animals eat! So it is informative an
Drew Graham
Sep 10, 2016 Drew Graham rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
All the animals on the farm love their respective feed, but the cow has a special interest in cookies. Why and how did this unexpected sweet tooth develop?

This cow and I have a lot in common (well, one thing at least). Our little lap-readers enjoyed this one and we didn't mind reading it to them either. It's almost like a version of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type that might work a little better.
Jan 28, 2016 Lauren rated it really liked it
The Cow Loves Cookies is a book about a farmer with many different animals on his Farm. In this story they introduce a horse,chickens, geese, pigs, dogs, and ofcorse, a cow. Every page tells of a different animal and what the farmer feeds the animal, but the only difference is that the cow eats cookies. In the end, we find out the reason why the cow enjoys cookies. This is because everyday at lunch they share cookies and the cow provides the milk for them.
The theme for this book is sharing an
Aug 26, 2012 Teacher. rated it really liked it
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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’
Jul 08, 2013 Danielle rated it really liked it
Audience: Primary
Genre: Picture/Animals/Comedy
Pre-Reading Strategy: Shared Reading


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
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Sarah Sammis
Dec 06, 2010 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing
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
Rosa Cline
Jan 01, 2015 Rosa Cline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, favorites
My granddaughter and I absolutely loved this book! Good thing she got it for Christmas or we would be keeping it checked out of our library because we loved it so much! Written in rhyme text most of the story which made it fun to read. I enjoyed it also because it is a really good way of teaching children who have never been to a farm or doesn't know about farm animals the 'true' way of what they eat and how farmers interact with them. Written very nicely. But it's funny how everyone enjoys what ...more
Jun 21, 2011 Kelly rated it it was amazing
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
Amanda Harris
Sep 29, 2010 Amanda Harris rated it it was amazing
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Feb 15, 2011 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, rhyming, 2011
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.
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
Stefanie Kline
Oct 20, 2014 Stefanie Kline rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Stefanie by: child checked it out from the library!
Read this cute book to my daycare kids this morning and thought I would write a review about it!

This was a fun read for my 4 kiddos, aged 18 months - almost 5. The rhyming was great, the illustrations are nicely done and most importantly... the entire book kept their attention!

This would be a great book that you could use in all sorts of themes. Animals, farms, food groups... just to name a few.

One thing I love about rhyming books and books that have a repeating phrase, is that most of the time
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Karma Wilson grew up an only child of a single mother in the wilds of North Idaho. Way back then (just past the stone age and somewhat before the era of computers) there was no cable TV and if there had been Karma could not have recieved it. TV reception was limited to 3 channels, of which one came in with some clarity. Karma did the only sensible thing a lonely little girl could do…she read or pl ...more
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