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About

"Cows that type? Hens on strike! Whoever heard of such a thing!" Farmer Brown cries.

When his granddaughter Jenny comes for a visit, Farmer Brown declares the farm a tech-free zone. He takes her laptop in the cold barn with the shivering cows who use her computer to type messages requesting blankets.

"No way," replies Farmer Brown. "No blankets!"

So the cows go on strike and the chickens join them in solidarity. No blankets? No milk! No eggs!

Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals' demands? Will Jenny get her computer back? Find out in a hilariously moving musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.

Approximate Running Time: 60 Minutes
Recommended Ages: Grades K through 4

Curriculum Connections

  • Communication and Language Arts
  • Music
  • Relationships and Family

Themes

  • Standing Up for Your Beliefs
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Cooperation
  • Communication Beyond Language
  • Farming
  • Responsibility
  • Family

Fun Fact

Writers Billy Aronson, Brad Alexander, and Kevin Del Aguila all work together on the Emmy Award-winning series "Peg + Cat."

Original Credits

Book by Billy Aronson
Lyrics by Kevin Del Aguila
Music by Brad Alexander
Based on the book by Doreen Cronin with Illustrations by Betsy Lewin
Original Direction by John Rando
Original Choreography by Wendy Seyb
Scenic Design by Beowulf Boritt
Costume Design by Lora LaVon
Orchestrations by Brad Alexander