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The Cow Loves Cookies

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  2,415 ratings  ·  222 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 aut
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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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.
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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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.
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.
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.
Stefanie Kline
Oct 20, 2014 Stefanie Kline rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Can see this being a big hit with the preschools as they can shout "the cow loves cookies!" all the time throughout the story.
Angela Hutchinson
Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award Nominee (KS)
Bulletin Blue Ribbon
Colorado Children's Book Award Master List
Minnesota Wanda Gag Read Aloud Honor Book
New Hampshire Ladybug Picture Book Award Shortlist
WA Children's Choice Picture Book Award Master List

This story is about a cow that loves cookies because he eats with the farmer. The farmer gives him cookies and in return the cow gives the farmer milk. The story goes through several farm animals: a horse, chickens, the geese, hogs, and a dog,
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
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
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
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’
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
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
Rosa Cline
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
With the repetition of 'the cow loves cookies' this book makes for a great read aloud with multiple children. Introduces different food that different animals eat on a farm, but the cow eats cookies! Enjoyed the end where the farmer and the cow are sharing milk and cookies. Still waiting to hear if there will be a duck story.
Eva Kelly
This cow loves cookies to go with her milk. But most cows eat grass and hay. I saw them at the farm. They eat it right off the ground. Only baby cows drink milk, and they drink it right from their moms. I guess the cows at the farm are out of cookies, or maybe they just eat grass in Vermont because we're more natural here.
This one is going straight to the favorites shelf! Highly recommended for every child's picture book collection! From the pictures, to the rhymes, to the actual reason why the cow loves cookies - my son loved it and I did too. I cannot recommend this book enough to any parent or grandparent. It is a "must read!"
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
This book had an opportunity to inform kids what cows actually do eat. Instead, it opted to be funny, nonsensical, and irrelevant. Just a couple more months of working on the rhyming structure and I'm sure the author could have taught a life lesson about eating real food.
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
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.
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