Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Counting Crows

Counting Crows
written by Kathi Appelt; illustrated by Rob Dunlavey
2015 (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
Source: Orange County Public Library

Six salty peanuts, six ripe plums. 
Six for the counting crows. 
Yum, Yum, Yum!

First, how can you resist a book that features crows in striped sweaters? Readers go crazy over sharp dressed crows. A group of three crows start the festivities by gathering bugs and mangoes. They soon join another group of three in a tree. Peanuts and plums are added to the menu. Soon, another multiple of three is added to this jaunty group. They find themselves on a phone line with ants and crackers for snacks. Another three join individually and when the group finds a park bench they catch the attention of an interested feline. Can the dapper dozen find their way out of this predicament?

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.

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