Count Down to Clean Up

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Welcome to the town of Short Creek, where you will meet ten busy rabbits.

Nancy Elizabeth Wallace has created a vibrant and irresistible counting book that engages young children as they count down from 10 to 0, find the clues to learn which bunny goes into which shop, and match each rabbit with what he or she brought to the community clean-up day.

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Welcome to the town of Short Creek, where you will meet ten busy rabbits.

Nancy Elizabeth Wallace has created a vibrant and irresistible counting book that engages young children as they count down from 10 to 0, find the clues to learn which bunny goes into which shop, and match each rabbit with what he or she brought to the community clean-up day.

Come along and keep your eyes open. There's a lot to discover!

Rabbits from one to ten get ready to help clean up.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This bright, cheerful counting book uses cut-paper illustrations in primary colors to grab the attention of little ones and help them learn their numbers from ten to one. The concept of none is also introduced at the end. Ten little rabbits volunteer to clean up their town. Starting at the Bunny Building, they all move on to Builder's World, then nine go to Al's Market, eight appear at the flower shop, seven are spotted at the sporting-goods store, and so on until they all show up at the park with the materials they've picked up on the way. There, they set to work sprucing the place up. When they are all done, it's time to play. On each page, there is the opportunity to count to the featured number, which young children will certainly enjoy, and there are various items to identify as well. One point of confusion is that sometimes the items shown on the page don't add up to the number. For instance, on page 10, the building items add up to either seven or eleven, and on page 1, a display window holds lots of cupcakes and three groups of sweets. Such inconsistency might be difficult for the very young reader to understand. Still, this has a clean, lively look and easy-to-decipher pictures that should make it a successful look-at book. 2001, Houghton Mifflin, $14.00. Ages 3 to 6. Reviewer:Miriam Rinn
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Wallace returns to the format used in Rabbit's Bedtime (Houghton, 2001) in presenting this charming counting book. Done with collage and brightly colored "found paper," the artwork features a group of bunnies that stop by various community shops to pick up supplies for a clean-up day and picnic in the park. Starting with 10 and ending with none, the number of characters diminishes as each one of them enters a store. Their outfits and accessories provide a clue as to who will make the next stop and temporarily disappear from the pages. The bunny holding the paintbrush stops by the paint store, while the one holding a book goes to the library. After picking up the day's supplies, all 10 arrive at the park ready to work-and then play. Wallace has combined bright complementary colors in an attractive layout that will entertain a young audience. By using recycled materials in the artwork itself, she has cleverly combined the medium with a message of caring for the local community and its resources. A terrific selection for storytimes, one-on-one sharing, and independent browsing.-Roxanne Burg, Thousand Oaks Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Ten of Wallace's signature bunnies (Paperwhite, 2000, etc.) gather together to neaten up a park. Almost wordless, the text counts down from ten as the bunnies stop by various stores, hardware, gardening, etc., to pick up supplies to complete their tasks. Children will pore over the detailed pages looking for clues to who disappears from the group. On the title page, portraits of the individual bunnies are placed so that kids may delight in naming each one (Henry is the one with glasses, Mae has a red ribbon, and Jack is in blue) and follow their progress through the story. The layout is clean and obvious, with each number written out in bold-face on the upper-left-hand corner of each double-page spread. Observant readers will find the numeral posted somewhere else on the page sometimes as an address on a door, perhaps placed on a window display item or on a sale sign. The bright, bold cut-paper collage supports the subtracting and adding concepts. For each number, children can count the bunnies along with discovering at least one grouping of similar items, such as five very different bird feeders. This is a pleasing, developmentally appropriate volume that not only supports the math concepts but will be a welcome addition for neighborhood studies. Delightful. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641966705
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/25/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Wallace

The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars is a unique collection of poems gathered by cut-paper artist Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. Opening the pages of this beautiful book is like stepping through the gates of a well-loved garden. Using her tiny scissors, her love of nature, and her great sense for the world of children, she invites us to explore this playful and lovely constellation of poems with her.

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  • Posted November 12, 2009

    Elizabeth Wallace's "Count Down to Clean Up is very inspiring!

    This book was given as a gift, one to each of my grandsons. I found it very inspiring in helping them to see how much cleaning up is both fun and needful. They both liked these books.

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