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Click, Clack, Moo
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type is an award-winning children's book by Doreen Cronin. Illustrated by Betsy Lewin, the Simon & Schuster book tells the story of Farmer Brown's cows, who find an old typewriter in the barn and proceed to write letters to Farmer Brown, making various demands and then going on strike when they aren't met.
Farmer Brown begins to hear typing sounds coming from his barn. He discovers that cows have found an old typewriter in the barn, and are using it to type letters requesting things from Farmer Brown, such as electric blankets to keep them warm at night. Farmer Brown refuses, and the cows go on strike and withhold their milk until they get what they ask for. Soon, the cows type a similar letter about the hens asking for blankets which Farmer Brown refuses to provide. The hens join the cows on strike and refuse to lay eggs. Farmer Brown realizes this makes it impossible to run a farm. In an attempt to re-establish order, he sends a letter back to the cows and hens on his typewriter and tells them they do not need the things they are asking for and that their job is to produce milk and eggs. The cows hold an emergency meeting (during that time, the other animals gather at the barn door to see what's going on), in which they seemingly come to a resolution. They promise the farmer that if he gives them the blankets, they will give him their typewriter. A duck agrees to deliver the typewriter once the cows and hens have the blankets. Farmer Brown decides the deal is fair, so he leaves the electric blankets for the cows and waits for the duck to deliver the typewriter. Instead of delivering the typewriter, the ducks send him a letter which states that their pond is boring and they would like a diving board.
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type is a 2001 Caldecott Honor book. Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named the book one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children." and it is one of the "Top 100 Picture Books" of all time in a 2012 poll by School Library Journal.