Count Me a Rhyme: Animal Poems by the Numbers

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Jane Yolen’s vivid, playful poems tell the stories of one elk, two birds, three fish—from one through ten, and then “many”—as they go about their day. Illustrated with Jason Stemple’s intimate photographs, this book gives readers a delightful and unique look at some common creatures.

"A joyful collection of unusual animals, appealing poems, and excellent photographs."  —School Library Journal

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Overview

Jane Yolen’s vivid, playful poems tell the stories of one elk, two birds, three fish—from one through ten, and then “many”—as they go about their day. Illustrated with Jason Stemple’s intimate photographs, this book gives readers a delightful and unique look at some common creatures.

"A joyful collection of unusual animals, appealing poems, and excellent photographs."  —School Library Journal

Readers will enjoy counting the creatures that appear on each spread. Many, no doubt, will memorize the enchanting verse.”  —Kirkus Reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In a follow-up to their Color Me a Rhyme, Jane Yolen teams up with photographer son Jason Stemple to invite young audiences to Count Me a Rhyme: Animal Poems by the Numbers. The breathtaking photographs depict nature's creatures from one to 10. Yolen's poetry imagines the animals' voices and perspectives: "One/ Single/ Solo/ Me,/ The only/ One/ That I can/ See," begins "One Lone Elk." A quintet of geese "paddle, puddle perfect" and eight bighorn sheep climb a mountainside. A beautiful tour of the natural world. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Jane Yolen and her son Jason Stemple collaborated on an earlier book entitled Color Me a Rhyme. Yolen notes in the foreword that after that, her son worked on finding pictures of various numbers of animals. Once he had his collection, she then wrote the poems. Normally counting books would be targeted to a very young audience, but even though there are numbers, the poems are sophisticated and the number sequence goes to ten and then a bit beyond. The numbers are used both for the number of animals and also to present numbers in other words, as well as Arabic and Roman form. For two, Jane has created a poem for two voices and the picture shows two birds almost mirroring each other. She muses about the feeling they may have and possibly share. There is plenty of variety in the poetic forms, pictures, types of wildlife depicted, and more. The book closes with the word "countless" and a poem entitled "Many" to reflect the stars in the sky. 2006, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 10 to 12.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
Gr 1-5-A beautiful, readable companion to Color Me a Rhyme. Each of Yolen's poems mirrors the subject in tone, rhythm, word choice, or shape. For example, the ceaseless motion of spiders is described as "Six spiders throwing/Out a glistening strand;/Six spiders going/Hand over hand over hand over hand,/Hand over hand over hand over hand." The simplicity of swallows on a line is captured in a haiku, "Nine little swallows,/Like notes on a music staff,/Wait to sing their songs." Throughout, the poet's wry observations surprise and entertain. Stemple's vibrant, full-color photographs give readers much to study and absorb about each animal: mist, silver web strands, the points on an elk's antlers, a mullet's eyes and mouth, a snail clinging to a slender blade of grass. The well-composed images provide a perfect complement to each poem. Roman numerals and words related to the featured number are included in the page design. A joyful collection of unusual animals, appealing poems, and excellent photographs.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Mother-and-son team Yolen and Stemple follow up Color Me a Rhyme (2000) with this engaging counting book. Throughout, Yolen's verse is matched with Stemple's full-color photographs of animals. The pairings are organic: In "Eight Bighorn Sheep," two, skinny vertical lines of text, side-by-side, mimic Stemple's image of sheep ascending a rocky cliff. "Nine Swallows: A Haiku" is illustrated by nine little birds on a telephone line against a solid blue sky. The numbers one to ten are the focus, but the final poem, "Many," pays homage to the infinite wonder of numbers and nature. Numerals, Roman numerals and related words (e.g., octave, ninth) accompany each poem. Readers will enjoy counting the creatures that appear on each spread. Many, no doubt, will memorize the enchanting verse. (Picture book. 10-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620917336
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,391,175
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen has received numerous awards for her writing, including the Golden Kite Award, two Christopher Medals, and both the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota and the Regina Medal for her body of work. She lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts, and St. Andrews, Scotland.

Jason Stemple is a freelance photographer who has collaborated with Jane Yolen on many books, including A Mirror to Nature, winner of the John Burroughs Young Readers Award, and Wild Wings, winner of the National Outdoor Book Award. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina.

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