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Count Your Chickens Hardcover – February 7, 2017
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From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Through rhyming verse, readers follow a family of chickens going to the county fair, with opportunities to count the many chickens on every page. Strolling through the main street, they encounter "chicken grannies knitting socks./Chicken chicks with chicken pox." Things get more fanciful with "chicken pilots flying planes./Chicken engineers on trains." At the fair, readers meet an array of amusing chickens, from pastry cooks and princesses to clowns and a pair of "moody chickens" singing the blues (costumed in black sunglasses and black fedoras, evoking the Blues Brothers). There's even a "chicken punk" sporting "funky feathers" and "studded leathers." Smith's pencil and digital art invites young viewers to investigate the pastel-hued, detailed images. Reminiscent of the work of Richard Scarry, the spreads will encourage children to go back and pore over the illustrations, not only to count the chickens but also to track the many characters—including a pair of mice who appear on every page. A key at the end of the book reveals how many chickens are depicted on each spread. VERDICT An enjoyable concept and seek-and-find title that's ideal for springtime sharing and reinforcement of counting skills.—Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal
PRAISE FOR Count Your Chickens:
"Unfolding in short, bouncy rhymes, this atypical counting book fills its pages with a flock of chickens enjoying a day at the county fair . . . There is so much feathered fun here, it’s pure poultry in motion." --Kirkus Reviews
"Reminiscent of the work of Richard Scarry, the spreads will encourage children to go back and pore over theillustrations, not only to count the chickens but also to track the many characters—including a pair of mice who appear onevery page . . . An enjoyable concept and seek-and-find title that’s perfect for springtime sharing and reinforcement of counting skills" --School Library Journal
"There is endless counting to be done here . . . Count Your Chickens is a perfect lap book or something for an individual child to spend time with." --CM Magazine
"Less a storybook and more of an immersive experience that delights in small details a la Richard Scarry." --Fresh Press
"The impressive rhyming text is matched with colorful, detailed illustrations . . . in bright, breezy and humorous spreads that will have young readers paying very close attention to the many opportunities for counting presented." --Sal's Fiction Addiction
PRAISE FOR Big and Small, Room for All by Jo Ellen Bogart:
"Bogart presents a way for young children to explore the concepts of big and small in a way few picture books address.... Both text and illustrations have a modest sense of the sublime in their subject, one that comes across clearly. A necessary purchase that surpasses the ordinary fare." --Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
"[S]imple rhymes take the reader on a journey from the deep expanse of the universe to the tiny organisms revealed under a microscope . . . Stunning." --Starred Review, Quill & Quire
"Word choice is highly suitable for the earliest independent readers. This book will serve as a springboard for discussing the way children perceive size in the natural world." --School Library Journal
"Introducing small children to a big idea, this handsome picture book uses an open-ended approach that could lead to good discussions." --Booklist
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Perfect for children ages 3-6, this book is one that would be fun to read over and over again. There is so much going on on each page, the reader is very likely to find new details with each read. And you could easily make up your own questions - for counting or whatever else you're inclined to ask your children while reading.
Blog: Mom's Radius
A super fun bouncy rhyming book about a flock of chickens having a party. It's colorful and eye catching, which kept my 3 year old busy at the doctor's office for a long time. Included at the end is a list of items to go back and find throughout the book.