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The Twelve Days of Springtime: A School Counting Book Hardcover – March 1, 2009
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"On the twelfth day of springtime, / my teacher gave to me / TWELVE flags for flapping, / eleven stones for stepping, / ten words for rhyming, / . . . / and a garden to water carefully." One increasingly frazzled teacher leads her class through a variety of activities, some specifically seasonal, some not, to the familiar tune. The humor's all in Armstrong-Ellis's illustrations, which depict a rambunctious, multi-ethnic classroom full of kids and their valiant teacher, who is no Ms Frizzle. Each page turn shows her eyes getting wider and wider behind their horn-rims as her kids take every activity she presents them and turn it into happy chaos. Readers will get an enormous kick out of seeing what they do in each busy spread, and they won't care if the scansion sometimes stutters. (Picture book. 4-8) --Kirkus Reviews
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"On the twelfth day of springtime,
my teacher gave to me.
TWELVE flags for flapping,
eleven stones for stepping,
ten words for rhyming,
nine ducks for drawing,
eight wings for wearing,
seven notes for singing,
six signs for reading
....five gold stars,
two turtle ponds
and a garden to water carefully."
It was a fun read. The pictures are fun and colorful portraying the children in the areas above having a blast while the teacher appears to be at wits end. However, at the end of the story a child gives the teacher some flowers, which I thought was heartwarming, and the teacher, with a frog in her hair, appears to be heartwarmed as well.
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This book would have been a wonderful Springtime book, if all the numbered items had been related to gardening as the first few were: one garden, two turtle ponds, three seedlings, and four ladybugs; instead the remaining twelve items become more general classroom activities: "five gold stars, six signs for reading, seven notes for singing etc. The colorful illustrations are full of detail, action and humor. Children will revel in the exuberance of this school classroom.
My daughter, aged 2 1/2, loves pointing out different things happening in the pictures. Usually I just ignore the words and let her tell me the story she wants to tell that day. Enough is going on that you can read the book three times in a row and tell a different story every time. It's my favorite right now.