Counting Cockatoos

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Publishers Weekly
The team behind Alligator Alphabet now tackle 1, 2, 3 in Counting Cockatoos by Stella Blackstone, illus. by Stephanie Bauer. Two cockatoos lead readers through a glorious jungle with "one enormous elephant" composed of elegant blue scribbles, "two tumbling tigers" in whimsical orange and red stripes, on up to "twelve toppling turtles and lots of cockatoos!" Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
Young children love books that are repetitious as they can participate when the book is shared. This counting book is sure to be a hit with them on that account. They will also greatly enjoy the bright, lively acrylic paintings of all the animals, and will delight in finding the hidden cockatoos that are pictured with each new numeral. Granted this is not an original idea, but the childlike illustrations will certainly charm the youngsters and the choice of cockatoos is sure to create interest. The two additional exercises at the end of the book provide additional activities for preschoolers and kindergarteners who are learning to count. An art lesson could easily be incorporated as an additional means of getting number concepts across to the children. While there are many, many other available books on this subject, this is an area where numerous titles are welcome for use during story time and for teaching in the classroom. Definitely consider this title for first purchase.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Various wild animals represent the numbers 1 to 12. A simple line of text accompanies each spread, which also includes two hidden cockatoos. At the end, "Twelve toppling turtles" are accompanied by "lots of cockatoos!" The chameleonlike birds almost disappear into foliage of their same color or peek from behind the pages' decorative borders. The final pages recap the numbers and animals depicted and show some cockatoo feathers for additional counting. As concept books go, the text is standard fare. It is Bauer's acrylics in bold colors and patterned, textured brushstrokes that give this book its appeal. However, with so many great counting books available, such as Denise Fleming's Count! (Holt, 1992), this one is strictly additional.-Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846860614
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,540,579
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 7.83 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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  • Posted August 1, 2010

    Fun, colorful way to count with young kids!

    The colorful illustrations of this counting book are fun and engaging for parents and kids! The hidden cockatoos on the pages are also fun to search for with your child. Our son loved this book, and we got a lot of mileage out of it during his toddler years.

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