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Picture Book Review: Cows in the Kitchen by June Crebbin

on October 8, 2014

Cows in the kitchen

Cows in the Kitchen by June Crebbin

Picture Book

Genre: Cows, farm animals

Find this book at your local library

While Tom Farmer sleeps, the cows, ducks and the rest of the farm animals find themselves in the most peculiar places, making quite a mess in the farmhouse.

This is one, fun picture book. I’ve already decided to read it at my next storytime. The book itself is quite large, which is ideal for my large crowds. The words are sparse, repetitive and written in a sing-song manner. Its read to the tune of Skip to My Lou.

Cows in the kitchen, moo, moo, moo

Cows in the kitchen, moo, moo, moo

Cows in the kitchen, moo, moo, moo

That’s what we do, Tom Farmer!

The illustrations are absolutely wonderful. There is so much detail, but so much simplicity at the same time. Its a book that kids can peruse looking to see what each duck or pig is doing on the page. But at a general viewing at storytime, it’s very easy to see the chaos and the mess that each animal group is creating.

Primary Reading Skills

Make Sounds (Phonological Awareness): The fun rhyme and song will help kids pick up on the different animal noises.

See Letters (Letter Knowledge):

For Parents

  • This is a great book to read before taking a trip to a local farm, or petting zoo. Mix and match with other farm animal books for a fun reading day.
  • Help your child point out all the words that begin with “f” -Fuh (ie Farm, furnace, foot)
  • Have your child point out what they see on each page. Have them elaborate on the story.

For Librarians

  • I imagine this book can be easily transformed into a felt story.
  • Great for a baby/toddler storytime
  • Songs for storytime (Skip to my Lou, Old MacDonald Had a Farm, Baa Baa Black Sheep)

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