Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 by Bill Martin Jr., Lois Ehlert, Michael Sampson |, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3

Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3

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by Bill Martin Jr., Lois Ehlert, Michael Sampson
     
 

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1 told 2
and 2 told 3,
"I'll race you to the top
of the apple tree."
One hundred and one numbers climb the apple tree in this bright, rollicking, joyous book for young children. As the numerals pile up and bumblebees threaten, what's the number that saves the day? (Hint: It rhymes with "hero.") Read and count and

Overview

1 told 2
and 2 told 3,
"I'll race you to the top
of the apple tree."
One hundred and one numbers climb the apple tree in this bright, rollicking, joyous book for young children. As the numerals pile up and bumblebees threaten, what's the number that saves the day? (Hint: It rhymes with "hero.") Read and count and play and laugh to learn the surprising answer.

Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
From the crackerjack creators of the hit Chicka Chicka Boom Boom comes this rambunctious follow-up about numbers! Brought dazzingly to life with Lois Ehlert's Caribbean-colored illustrations -- vibrant oranges, pinks, blues, and purples stand out against sharp white backgrounds -- Martin and Sampson's picture book finds a plethora of numbers climbing an apple tree for kicks. After 1, 2, and 3 race to the top, the numerals 5 through 20 follow suit with peppy shimmering and shaking sure to get any toddler's toes a-tappin'. If that's not enough numbers for the tree, "curvy 30" and "flat-foot 40" get into the game -- as do other numbers in increments of 10 -- ending with a triumphant 99. But what about poor 0, who's stuck at the bottom of the tree all the while, calling "Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3... Will there be a place for me?" Things don't look promising for him until a swarm of bumblebees come to reclaim their home, leading to a finale that makes this numbers party the most tree-licious event of the season!

Recalling the popular feeling of its predecessor, this numbers book is a must-have for kids learning to count. The authors include endpages that feature all of the numerals 1-100, while the text's rhymes are smooth and fun, blending perfectly with Ehlert's artwork. Standing boring old counting books on their heads, Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 will put summery sunshine into read-alouds and book-sharing times. Matt Warner

Publishers Weekly
Martin and Sampson (co-authors of I Pledge Allegiance) and Ehlert present an exuberant follow-up to Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (which Martin wrote with John Archambault, and Ehlert illustrated in 1989). Here numbers take over an apple tree, rather than letters tumbling from coconut tree branches. Launching the appealingly absurd antics is a challenge framed in the familiar rhythm: "1 told 2/ and 2 told 3,/ `I'll race you to the top/ of the apple tree.' " As the subsequent numbers climb one by one with equal enthusiasm (after 20, the counting goes up by 10s), a worried zero (as indicated by a stray bead of perspiration) chants a refrain, "Chicka Chicka/ 1, 2, 3.../ Will there be a/ place for me?" The climbing comes to a halt when bumblebees arrive, ordering the numbers to vacate, which they do in reverse order ("90, 80,/ 70 fall,/ hit the ground/ in a free-for-all"). A fun twist involves a missing number and zero, who finally realizes where he belongs and leaps atop the leaves, a move that scares off the bees and clears the way for the other numbers to return. Featuring electric colors and an amalgam of basic shapes, Ehlert creates cut-paper compositions as wry and buoyant as the rhyming text. Several embellishments offer additional whimsy (5 wears a top hat, 70 sports long hair); endpapers and jacket flaps brim with brightly-hued numbers. Cleverly calculated verse and visuals add up to numerical mayhem that will entertain as well as reinforce counting skills and digit identification. Ages 3-7. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A counting-book companion to Martin and Ehlert's Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom (S & S, 1989). The cut-paper art is almost identical to the earlier work, right down to the use of vibrant splashes of color. The layout will also be familiar to that title's many fans. At the center of the story this time, however, is an apple tree. Numerals race to the top with 1, 2, and 3 leading the way. Next come 4, 5, and 6 climbing right behind, but "Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3- Will there be a place for me?" asks 0. Page after page, the numbers climb ("Hot pink 12, lucky 13, picking apples, red and green") and they all forget 0 down in the lower right-hand corner. They keep going "until at last there's 99, and all the numbers are feeling fine." Except for 0, that is, who begins to cry once again, "Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3- Will there be a place for me?" And, at precisely that moment, a swarm of bumblebees arrives shouting, "GET OUT OF OUR TREE-." Alas, the counting begins anew, this time backward. And 0, no bad apple, finally discovers his life's calling and rightful place: at the very top of the tree next to 10, who stayed there all along, becoming- 100. This story is a perfect selection for 100th day or Zero the Hero celebrations. A deliciously sweet selection, and a nifty counting book to boot.-Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689858819
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
07/06/2004
Series:
Chicka Chicka Book Series
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
117,820
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 10.87(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD480L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Bill Martin Jr (1916–2004) has been called “America’s favorite children’s author.” He wrote more than 300 books for children, including the classic texts Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, illustrated by Eric Carle; and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, illustrated by Lois Ehlert.

Michael Sampson is a New York Times bestselling author of twenty-two books for young children, including Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 and The Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry. He and Bill Martin Jr wrote many popular books together, including Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? and Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? Michael Sampson lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Lois Ehlert has created numerous inventive, celebrated, and bestselling picture books, including Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Holey Moley, The Scraps Book, Mice, Ten Little Caterpillars, RRRalph, Lots of Spots, Boo to You!, Leaf Man, Waiting for Wings, Planting a Rainbow, Growing Vegetable Soup, and Color Zoo, which received a Caldecott Honor. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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