Rock It, Sock It, Number Line

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A fabulous new counting book from Bill Martin, Jr.

Rock it, Sock it,

Number Line!

Numbers and Veggies,

Party Time!

1 rockets

through the sky,

and parachutes down

with a...

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Overview

A fabulous new counting book from Bill Martin, Jr.

Rock it, Sock it,

Number Line!

Numbers and Veggies,

Party Time!

1 rockets

through the sky,

and parachutes down

with a pumpkin pie.

The numbers are having a party in the vegetable garden! Bouncy rhymes and bold, bright art make for a lively and delicious introduction to counting. In Rock It, Sock It, Number Line, acclaimed author and language specialist Bill Martin, Jr. does for numbers what he did for the alphabet in his classic Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

Introduces the numbers one through ten as vegetables and numbers dance together at the king's and queen's garden party before jumping into the soup to be eaten by a crowned boy and girl.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Rather than admonish children to eat their vegetables, Martin and Sampson (previously paired for Swish!) urge youngsters to give this food group a listen. An okra, onion and a trio of broccoli trees kick off the party as the vegetables join with the numerals one through 10. The story unfolds through the dreams of a farm boy and girl, who doze in the vegetable patch on a hot summer day. A phalanx of 10 scarecrow guardsmen herald the showstopping arrival of each creamy peach numeral amid the carrots, squash, eggplants and beets: "One rockets through the sky,/ and parachutes down with a pumpkin pie," while "six arrives with an old guitar,/ tells the yams/ he's a country star!" But the conceit does not quite cohere it feels like several ideas stitched together. Those just learning to count may be confused: the numerals do not accompany the corresponding number of vegetables (the numeral five, for instance, arrives with three "broccoli trees"; five yams arrive with the numeral six). Despite the title, the numerals never do line up. Cahoon's characters, however, embody a winning, retro cheekiness; her vegetables and numerals burst with joie de vivre. Ages 3-5. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
The vegetables are growing "on the castle side/ of the garden green," tended by "the king and queen." The children doze off while picking their crop, just what the "ten brave guards" (that is, smiley, fleshed-colored numerals) are waiting for. They come alive, frolicking through the garden with onions, okras, tomatoes, and more—it's all great fun to watch. But there is confusion, too, as the numerals don't necessarily match the objects described—when "Four sees onion, swings her high/In comes ladybug/and off they fly," one onion and one ladybug show up. Children expect the numeral to correspond with the number of objects drawn. Martin's name raises high expectations, so the occasional forced rhythm is also surprising. Cahoon's computer generated illustrations are full of life, color and action; everyone sure looks like they are having a great time, even the veggies being cooked in the soup! There is potential here in spite of the shortcomings; it's a lively way to introduce vegetables and nutrition, gardens, and soup. 2001, Henry Holt, $15.95. Ages 3 to 6. Reviewer: Peg Glisson
School Library Journal
PreS-K-"On the castle side/of the garden green,/vegetables grow/for the king and queen" begins this rhyming counting book. Children will enjoy the smiley-faced, flesh-colored numbers that dance and cavort with the garden-inspired characters throughout the pages, and the silly verses that go with them, counting to 10 and back again. The computer-generated illustrations in an appealing and hip layout are engaging, with smiling faces for okra and broccoli alike. However, this book does not measure up to the classic status of Martin's titles written for the same audience, such as Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (S & S, 1989) and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Holt, 1983). The rhythm is occasionally forced, and there are some potentially confusing scenes. Young children will most likely expect the number identified on each page to match the number of objects described there, but this is seldom the case. For example, when "Two flips/into the air,/lands on the back/of a hungry hare," three hares appear in the illustration. Shortcomings notwithstanding, this picture book is quite enjoyable. The "Rock it, sock it,/number line!/numbers and veggies-/party time" refrain is catchy and could certainly be enjoyed in a program about numbers, gardens, or even soup.-Piper L. Nyman, Fairfield/Suisun Community Library, Fairfield, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Martin rocks on with his current collaborator (Adam, Adam What Do You See?, not reviewed, etc.), in a garden-themed counting book obviously intended as a companion to the ever-popular Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (1989). Large numerals interact with jolly dancing vegetables, counting up to ten and back down again until they hop into a cooking pot, creating vegetable soup with numerals instead of alphabet letters for a boy and girl who are the "king and queen" of the garden. The rhyme scheme is similar to that of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, but in this case a few of the rhymes are a bit forced and stretch too hard for excitement that isn't really there in the lineup of numbers. A few of the vegetables won't be familiar to most kids (okra and eggplant), and watermelon is also included with the vegetables, which will send some puzzled readers to the encyclopedia-horticulturists consider watermelon a vegetable. Cahoon's computer-generated illustrations offer appealing vegetables with bright-eyed grins and humorous touches such as sunglasses and tiny dotted arms and legs. Although this effort doesn't quite match the magic of Martin's best work, these dancing numbers and veggies will fit right in to story hours with themes of gardens, soup, or counting. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805063042
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 9/15/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.34 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Martin, Jr. is the author of the best-selling Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and many other beloved books for children, including Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? and Here Are My Hands. He lives in Campbell, Texas.

Michael Sampson collaborated with Bill Martin, Jr. on Swish! He is also the author of The Football That Won and Star of the Circus. Mr. Sampson is a professor of education at Texas A&M University and lives in eastern Texas.

Heather Cahoon is the illustrator of Ten Friends by Bruce Goldstone. Ms. Cahoon lives with her husband in upstate New York.

Visit Bill Martin Jr his web site: www.billmartinjr.com

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