I Knew Two Who Said Moo: A Counting and Rhyming Book



Award-winning author Judi Barrett and illustrator Daniel Moreton invite young readers to think of numbers, counting, and rhyming in a whole new way.
A Few Words From the Author:
I've always wanted to create a different kind of counting ...

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Award-winning author Judi Barrett and illustrator Daniel Moreton invite young readers to think of numbers, counting, and rhyming in a whole new way.
A Few Words From the Author:
I've always wanted to create a different kind of counting book. I love playing with words, rhyming them, making jokes with them, and playing with their sounds. I had such a good time writing I Knew Two Who Said Moo. I started with the sound of each number, and then thought of other words with similar sounds that I could use to create these nonsense rhymes that do make sense — in a silly way!
Writing this book made me laugh. I hope it makes you laugh too!
Your friend,

Rhyming lines feature the numbers from one to ten.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Booklist A fun and easy way to integrate math and language arts into the curriculum.

School Library Journal The intriguing rhyme schemes and the colorful, fun-filled illustrations should inspire countless rereadings.

Children's Literature
This playful counting book uses silly rhymes and clever cartoons to introduce preschoolers to the numbers one through ten. Each two-page spread focuses on one number and contains a series of rhyming sentences that tell a nonsensical story about the accompanying artwork. After closely inspecting each funny scenario, kids will quickly find numerous counting opportunities. For example, on the second spread, a kangaroo is cooking two hotdogs and two hamburgers, the street sign says "No Parking 2AM--2 PM," another street sign reads "2nd Annual Kangaroo Cookout," a cow has two bells around her neck, two giraffes are peeking over the fence, and the list goes on and on. In addition to numbers and counting, this concept book also focuses on rhyming words that can be found in everyday language. Although words such as two, moo, blue, shoe, flu, shampoo, barbecue and zoo sound alike, they are not all spelled alike. Lessons in language and math abound in this wonderfully zany picture book. Keep this one on the shelf next to your Dr. Seuss collection! 2000, Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster, Ages 3 to 6, $16.00. Reviewer: Debra Briatico
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This action-packed counting book celebrates numbers from 1 to 10 through animal antics put forth in clever nonsense rhymes. Each number appears with an outlandish scenario built on words that rhyme with its name, thus introducing two concepts simultaneously. "I watched five arrive/And saw them dive/Off their hive/Onto the drive./They're all still alive/And I know they'll survive/And most certainly thrive." Numerals are presented prominently and integrated creatively within the oversized computer-generated illustrations along with the appropriate number of cows, mice, worms, lizards, etc. The large shaded figures of the animals are offset with varied backgrounds and enhanced with witty details. For example, 9 pigs line up in front of an ice-cream truck to buy slop pops for 99 cents on their way to a mud bath, which is open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. The intriguing rhyme schemes and the colorful, fun-filled illustrations should inspire countless rereadings.-Starr LaTronica, Four County Library System, Vestal, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Barrett wrestles six to twelve words that rhyme with a number between one and ten into more or less (usually less) meaningful verses, each of which is computer-illustrated with a frenzied scene of countable objects and pop-eyed animals doing silly things. The rhyming word in each line is printed in a contrasting color, and read aloud, the poems will elicit guffaws—"There are just three / Sitting in a tree / All drinking tea / And eating macaroni / While playing a symphony." Though that doesn't seem to have been the intent, the very badness of the rhyming may tempt children to add their own lines, but the joke does wear thin—and so does Barrett's inspiration, particularly with "Seven," where she lamely resorts to names and repetition: i.e., "seven . . . eleven . . . heaven . . . Evan . . . Kevin . . . Devon . . . Evan . . . seven." For children just learning to count, stick with old reliables, such as Keith Baker's Big Fat Hen (1994). (Picture book. 2-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689859359
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 12/2/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 558,424
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: NPL (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Judi Barrett is the author of many beloved books for children, including the bestselling Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Pickles to Pittsburgh, Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing, and Santa from Cincinnati. She teaches art to kindergarten students at a school in her Brooklyn, New York, neighborhood.

Daniel Moreton has illustrated and written many books for children including I Knew Two Who Said Moo. Mr. Moreton is an art director and lives in New York City.

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