Apple Countdownby Joan Holub, Jan Smith (Illustrator)
Field trip today - to the apple farm! Count 20 name tags, 19 kids on the bus, 18 miles to the farm. There are 14 cows and 13 ducks (10 white and 3 black), and 12 rows of apple trees. Count the apples in your sack, count 3 pies to eat (divided into 20 pieces), and all too soon it's 2 o'clock, time to go! But wait - Lee has a number 1 surprise. Joan Holub’s creative countdown, from 20 to 1, includes grouping and simple addition. Her multicultural students enjoy all that the apple farm has to offer, from counting the cows and ducks to picking different varieties of apples. The endpapers of this cheerful book are filled with apple facts.
The students in Mr. Lee's class count all they see on their field trip to the apple farm, starting with 20 name tags and ending with 1 lost tooth. Incorporating cheerful dialogue and rhyming text, this easy-to-read book also introduces facts about apples ("An apple has five holes,/each with seeds inside,'/says Clyde"). Each number is presented in numerical format inside a red apple and also spelled out in red letters in the text. The vibrant watercolor illustrations are dominated by primary colors, and the excitement shows on the smiling faces of the students as they count 14 cows, 13 ducks, and 12 rows of trees. Readers will be counting right along with them and will also enjoy the facts on the endpapers.-Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY
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