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PreSchool-Grade 2–A counting-book companion to Martin and Ehlert's Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom (S & S, 1989). The cut-paper art is almost identical to the earlier work, right down to the use of vibrant splashes of color. The layout will also be familiar to that title's many fans. At the center of the story this time, however, is an apple tree. Numerals race to the top with 1, 2, and 3 leading the way. Next come 4, 5, and 6 climbing right behind, but "Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3… Will there be a place for me?" asks 0. Page after page, the numbers climb ("Hot pink 12, lucky 13, picking apples, red and green") and they all forget 0 down in the lower right-hand corner. They keep going "until at last there's 99, and all the numbers are feeling fine." Except for 0, that is, who begins to cry once again, "Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3… Will there be a place for me?" And, at precisely that moment, a swarm of bumblebees arrives shouting, "GET OUT OF OUR TREE…." Alas, the counting begins anew, this time backward. And 0, no bad apple, finally discovers his life's calling and rightful place: at the very top of the tree next to 10, who stayed there all along, becoming… 100. This story is a perfect selection for 100th day or Zero the Hero celebrations. A deliciously sweet selection, and a nifty counting book to boot.–Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA
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PreS-Gr. 1. Since its first publication in 1989, Martin and Ehlert's Chicka Chicka Boom Boom has delighted preschoolers with its rhyme about an irresistibly rowdy alphabet that scales a tree. Tree-climbing numbers replace letters in this follow-up, which is as visually exciting as the earlier book. Ehlert's cut-paper collages retain the previous title's tropical hues and solid, playful shapes, but the conceptual exercise is more challenging than in the first book, which simply ran, letter by letter, up and down the alphabet. Here the numbers ascend by ones up to 20, after which they switch to intervals of tens (30, 40, 50) until they reach 90, which is followed not by 100, but by 99. Zero follows 99, accompanied by text that may confuse children: "0 lands on top / of the tree, / joins with 10. / Now 100 you see!" Adults will probably need to explain the math; the bright endpapers that count by ones to 100 will help. Despite the tricky concepts, though, the chanting rhyme and eye-popping images have a contagious energy youngsters will find irresistible. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 480 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689858817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689858819
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
My nine-year old daughter has always maintained that Chicka Chicka Boom Boom was her favorite book. We own it, but she still checks it out from the library. When she found out there was a 'sequel'--Chicka Chicka 123, I went ahead and ordered it despite some of the less than glowing reviews. I'm very glad I did. My daughter said that she likes it even better than Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! Now to address some other issues that have been brought up.....other reviewers have asked why zero is the hero? It is simple. Throughout the whole book zero is shy and wonders if he will fit in and where he will fit in. At the end, he realizes that there is a place for him. He ends up having courage, self-esteem and a sense of belonging. What kid (or adult for that matter)hasn't dealt with those feelings? Combine that with the fact that zero rhymes with hero and you have a kid's book made in heaven. In the end, it's the kids opinions that matter....and my daughter loves it. Besides, most of what Dr.Seuss wrote made no sense at all and those books are all classics now.
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Every kindergarten teacher must have this book! We will all need a chicka, chicka apple tree in our classrooms (to accompany our Chicka, Chicka coconut trees.) In the same style as Chicka, Chicka Boom, Boom, this book features the numbers climbing an apple tree. 1-20 climb, and then counting by 10's until 100 is at the top of the apple tree! Enjoy sharing this with your class!
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my almost 2 1/2 year old daughter that is obsessed with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. It was a cute book, but not as entertaining as the original. She gets very involved with "Boom Boom" but actually gets up and walks off when we try to read this one with her. Some kids may really enjoy it, but it was just "okay" in our household.
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My first-grader loves this book! He had read Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom in kindergarten, so it was nice to find a book one step up in sophistication, which Chicka, Chicka, 1, 2, 3 is.

The sequel has a more developed plot and has a lovely and sad repeating line.. Chicka, Chicka, 1, 2, 3, wil there be a place for me? from little zero.

But in the end, zero is the hero as he saves the day from the "Buzzing close, bumble bees!" Then a valuable math lesson is taught, as children learn elemenatary place value-- 0 with 10 becomes 100 and completes the number climb to the top of the beautiful apple tree!

This book is destined to become a classic...
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If you have a small child then there is a good chance that you will have lived through chicka chicka boom boom - which focuses on the alphabet, this is the companion book with a focus on numbers.

My son is 2 years old and we are working through his number identification skills and this is a great teaching aid, you get all the numbers up to 20 and then 30 - 90 are covered in tens. The pacing and tone s designed to capture a small persons ear and the bright colours help keep their attention. Both the start and end of the books have number lines that you can use with your child when not reading the book (in the same way as boom boom had the alphabet) We have found this really helpful when working on numbers
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Format: Board book Verified Purchase
Probably an excellent book, but I made the mistake of getting this in hardback version rather than board book. It is HEAVY, very large, way too big and awkward to hold to read to a toddler on your lap. Might be good on the floor, but forget lap time. Other than that, good colors, but illustrations are pretty jammed up so difficult to even point out numbers. Hey, about a thousand number books for toddlers on the market........keep looking.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
So disappointed in kindle edition! I just downloaded the kindle edition of this book for a little story class on counting which I am teaching this morning. It was a desperate measure since I couldn't make it to the book store. Sadly, the kindle edition is practically useless. It is missing the rhyming words. At first I was just confused and thinking it wasn't as cute or clever as the ABC version. Then I got to the end and saw the back cover of the book which has the rhyming words in tact. Then it all clicked, this is missing words. Nothing rhyme, or very few anyway. Important words like "race y to the top of the apple tree" are missing. I will be contacting Amazon for a refund.
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The book is pasted poorly. The pages get lose and separate easily. It would be better if it was bound with a spiral, like a notebook. Still both my boys love it. They have learned to count to 100 with it. The dots on the trunk changing color to illustrate the numbers are a very good idea. All in all a great companion to Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
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