Did you know that hippos bray and rabbits coo? You will after you read "Cows Can't Quack" by Dave Reisman.
What I love about this book is it can easily be enjoyed by a baby, or a preschooler, and everything in between. Because it features some different animal sounds you don't often find in other books (as well as many more common ones), it will stay interesting.
If you already have and enjoy "Cows Can't Jump" you will love this one as well. Although it can definitely stand alone as well.
Book for Children Ages: Baby to 5 years old
Related Discussion Questions:
- What was your favorite animal in the book?
- What other animal sounds can you think of that weren't in the book?
- Take a trip to your local zoo and see if you can learn any new animal sounds
- Make an animal mask and pretend to be your favorite animal. Using a paper bag from the grocery store, cut out a place for your eyes. Then decorate the rest of the bag to look like your favorite animal. Put on your masks and play!
- Using your video camera, smart phone, computer, or other audio recorder record the sounds of you and your child making the animal noises. Also record other sounds. Listen to them and talk about what they sound like.
- Play sound "bingo" using the sounds you recorded above. Draw a grid with any number of squares you want on a piece of paper. Then draw in the picture of the animal or other sound. Then listen to the sounds (try to do a random order each time), and put a penny on the right box when you hear the sound.
Cultural Diversity: Like its precursor "Cows Can't Jump" this is a great book to introduce the idea that every person is different, but equally valuable.
Children's Book Review Rating: 5 Stars - Beautiful Book