Moo, Moo, Brown Cow, Have You Any Milk?

Moo, Moo, Brown Cow, Have You Any Milk?
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June 28, 2011
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Moo, moo, brown cow! Have you any milk?
"Yes, sir, yes, sir," smooth as silk.
Does milk make me sleepy before I go to bed?
"Yes, sir, yes, sir," the brown cow said.

There's something about this well-known and well-loved nursery rhyme! Clever new verses not found in the original offer charming new critters and gently teach young readers a little something along the way. In verses that mimic the original Baa Baa Black Sheep cadence, a plucky young boy asks each of the farm friends he encounters about the gifts they give us, all in preparation for a bedtime snack and a dream-filled sleep. And as the sun begins to set and the animals prepare to "dream the whole night through of flowers to sip, grass to chew," the little boy asks the animals one last question.

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Expanded Nursery Rhyme Through the Barnyard
(Updated: November 18, 2011)
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In this updated nursery rhyme/picture book, a boy ventures around his farm and learns about what each animal or insect contributes in the way of food or textiles. Folksy illustrations spread across each page, personifying the animals and showing how each item the animals produce is used.
I did not find the updated rhyme to be an improvement on the original. I also found the rhythm of it to be a bit off, with some words being overused. The ending is charming, however, with the boy going to sleep surrounded by his stuffed versions of the farm animals, and the book is a way to show my children where things like wool and honey come from. But traditional nursery rhymes are a better fit for this mom and daughter pair to equally enjoy the reading experience.
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