Click, Clack, Moo - Oregon's Governor Teaches Kids About Unions

Chuck Sheketoff

Ccm193There it is, one of my favorite books by one of my favorite children's book authors, right there on the Governor's "Kids' Page". The Governor's recommended book for March for K-3 children was Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin.

As noted in the review on the Governor's website, this "hilarious tale" gives young Oregonians -- union members-in-the-making -- "a taste of the power of peaceful protest and the satisfaction of cooperative give and take."

You can buy the book from a unionized local bookstore.

Check out Governor Kulongoski's Book Club: Recommended Reading List for more ideas.

  • Eric Berg (unverified)

    My nieces, nephews, and friends kids get 'Click' and 'Si Se Puede (Yes We Can)', a childrens story of LA janitors organizing a union. I think the farmer commits unfair labor practices and the farm animals give in way to easy. But everyone (well, most everyone) seems to be satisfied in the end.

    Reading 'Click' to kids in my Head Start class got me in a bit of trouble since we were organizing a union at the time. I even used it to explain to a few parents the value of organizing and negotiating.

    Cronin's 'Duck for President', a sort-of-sequel to 'Click', is also a good read. But don't push it on your kids if you wantthem become an aspiring politicians. Turns out Duck is happier being a simple duck on a farm than serving as leader of the free world.

    Kulongoski's reading list for kids is pretty good. In my opinion, one book that's missing is 'The Paper Bag Princess' by Robert Munsch.

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    Well, if you're preparing them for union life, don't forget some Bukowski and Burroughs, so they show up with the requisite work ethic.

    Alright, never mind. They're young and impressionable. Just get 'em the latest Dilbert collection........

  • Jon (unverified)

    Gee, where's the books that teach them to think for themselves and fight their own battles without having to pay some thug to do it for them?

  • PanchoPdx (unverified)

    What a great recruiting tool for the unions!

    Look children, people are lot like cattle.

    You have to prevent them from leaving so you can milk them every day.


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