- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 3, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1442423277
- ISBN-13: 978-1442423275
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Counting Crows Hardcover – March 3, 2015
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From School Library Journal
PreS-K—This book features a murder of crows (well, a dozen) and rhyming text. The pattern is set for counting the birds ("One, two, three/crows in a tree./Three roly-poly bugs, /three ripe mangoes./Three for the counting crows./Three, by jango!"). The poetry bounces along nicely until number 11, when the pattern changes to accommodate the rhyme. "One, two, three, four,/five, six, seven…/eight…/nine…/ten…eleven!" A cat comes along after 12 crows are introduced, and the birds fly off in their original groups. The text is accompanied by stylized sketchbook-type pencil drawings enhanced digitally with dark red stripes on the crows' shirts and one crow's scarf. The scrawny, playful birds do crowlike things, such as sit in a nest or on a telephone line and scavenge for food. The book features lots of white space and large, easy-to-read lettering. Children will enjoy counting the birds and their various food items. This simple story is a good storytime read-aloud if readers pay attention to the meter.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
About the Author
Kathi Appelt is the author of the Newbery Honoree, National Book Award finalist, PEN USA Literary Award–winning, and bestselling The Underneath as well as the National Book Award finalist The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, Maybe a Fox (with Alison McGhee), Keeper, and many picture books including Counting Crows. She has two grown children and lives in College Station, Texas, with her husband. Visit her at KathiAppelt.com.
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This is the type of book that can be enjoyed with repeated readings without being tiresome…..
I will never look at those crows in the same way again. My grandson and I will be counting them the Kathi Appelt way.
Very unique way of presentation of birds. I highly recommend this book.
Pros: The rhymes are very catchy, reminiscent (to me) of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Simple but striking illustrations, all in black, white, and red. The groupings of the crows could be used as an introduction to multiplication as well as counting.
Cons: Crows are kind of annoying.
Counting Crows is a fun counting book with striking illustrations. Young readers working on learning their numbers will enjoy placing their fingers on the crows and counting up to twelve. This book is also full of vibrant adjectives (crunchy, spicy) so older readers can have an introductory lesson on this part of speech. Tell Mr. Jones that we have a picture book winner here.