Sunday, April 18, 2010

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (or Negotiation 101)

The Linen Hall Library continue to run a children’s reading time once a month on a Saturday morning. Once you get over reading out loud in a library, there’s something magical about sitting in the shadow of the tall shelving of books. You don’t have to me a member of the library and it’s free. Bring your 4-7 year old along and enjoy.

Book cover of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin

One book stood out above the rest yesterday morning. (I listened in from the side as there weren’t that many children there this month.)

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type tells the story of Farmer Brown’s cows who find a typewriter and set out their demands for better conditions (electric blankets). They go on strike and appoint a duck as a go-between.

It sounded frighteningly like the politicians and governments up at Hillsborough. Perhaps this should be on the reading list of all Westminster candidates (and next year’s Assembly hopefuls). The kids version of Negotiation 101.

Now I want to read some of Doreen Cronin’s follow-up adventures (illustrated by Betsy Lewin:

Next sessions at 11am (sharp) on Saturday 22 May and Saturday 19 June. May’s event is being organised in association with Belfast Children’s Festival. Come in Alice in Wonderland fancy dress (prize for the best one) hear lots of stories and finish with the Mad Hatter’s tea party. Eating and talking in a library - a rare opportunity! Booking required for May's event only - 028 9032 1707.

1 comment:

PatrickCorrigan said...

So that's where you were coming from... Thanks for all the book tips.