The Twelve Days of Springtime: A School Counting Book

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The frost is melting and it’s time for spring! That means field trips, planting school gardens, and discovering new friends for this adventurous class as their teacher introduces them to the season one gift at a time. Two turtle ponds, four ladybugs, and a class full of curious kids equals a whole lot of fun!

Young readers will love following the students’ hilarious misadventures as these rambunctious kindergartners explore the delights of spring, including mud, frogs, and baby ...

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Overview

The frost is melting and it’s time for spring! That means field trips, planting school gardens, and discovering new friends for this adventurous class as their teacher introduces them to the season one gift at a time. Two turtle ponds, four ladybugs, and a class full of curious kids equals a whole lot of fun!

Young readers will love following the students’ hilarious misadventures as these rambunctious kindergartners explore the delights of spring, including mud, frogs, and baby farm animals. The whimsical illustrations reveal new surprises on every page.
F&P Level: K
F&P Genre: RF

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Hazel Buys
Counting and learning numbers one through twelve are introduced and illustrated, even overrun, by the antics of the children in this very lively sequence of scenes from a classroom, a garden and fields outside the classroom, a visit to a farm, and a music lesson. A two-page spread introduces the number one, along with the classroom teacher and her quirky assortment of students. Each number in the sequence is illustrated on its own two-page spread with text presenting the new number, and a review of the preceding numbers in a jingle adapted from "The Twelve Days of Christmas," a count-down form of repetition that reinforces learning. The illustrations are full of color, whimsy and at times absurd details that will delight children. The numbers are printed as words and numerals as well as represented in illustrations associated with the number. The last page of the book includes a note from the artist and identifying information for the flags used to illustrate the number twelve. This book would be a good resource for a preschool or elementary school classroom or library as an aid to learning to count or to reinforce counting skills. Reviewer: Hazel Buys
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

The kindergarten gang from The Twelve Days of Kindergarten (2003) and The Twelve Days of Winter (2006, both Abrams) is back in a hilarious counting book that welcomes spring. The text could be sung or acted out. Areas of the primary curriculum are presented within the illustrations showing insect study, plants, and metamorphosis. Many aspects of kindergarten life are revealed through the entertaining illustrations such as a child with her stuffed animal, field trips, music class, and various learning centers. Even the class hamster has fun on the field trip to the farm, rowing a boat in the stream, and riding on a turtle near a pond. The bright artwork was created with gouache, colored pencils, and a technical drawing pen on watercolor paper. The large, double-page illustrations make this a perfect choice to use with a group.-Nancy Baumann, Indian Paintbrush Elementary, Laramie, WY

Kirkus Reviews
"On the twelfth day of springtime, / my teacher gave to me / TWELVE flags for flapping, / eleven stones for stepping, / ten words for rhyming, / . . . / and a garden to water carefully." One increasingly frazzled teacher leads her class through a variety of activities, some specifically seasonal, some not, to the familiar tune. The humor's all in Armstrong-Ellis's illustrations, which depict a rambunctious, multi-ethnic classroom full of kids and their valiant teacher, who is no Ms Frizzle. Each page turn shows her eyes getting wider and wider behind their horn-rims as her kids take every activity she presents them and turn it into happy chaos. Readers will get an enormous kick out of seeing what they do in each busy spread, and they won't care if the scansion sometimes stutters. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810983304
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 631,823
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Deborah Lee Rose, who is widely recognized by her appearances at schools and her speeches at education and library conferences, is an internationally published author whose award-winning books are among the New York Public Library’s 100 Books to Read and Share. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Carey Armstrong-Ellis has been hailed as a “breakout talent” by Publishers Weekly. Visit her online at www.slugworks.com. She lives with her family in Cape Neddick, Maine.
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  • Posted June 6, 2009

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    A fun book about spring concepts with humorous illustrations

    My 32-month-old loves this book. She is very into nature and this book allowed us to discuss many springtime happenings we were seeing outdoors. We have read it many times and each time we find something new in the illustrations to talk about. The illustrations are just plain fun. She especially likes to find the same children as we go through the pages because each child clearly has his own personality. My daughter also loves to sing the 'Twelve Days of Christmas' which the text of this book could be sung too.

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  • Posted February 17, 2009

    A new addition to every kindergarten and preschool household library

    I can't wait for this next addition to "The 12 days of..." series. Our family's children, nieces, nephews and kindergarten teachers have loved "The Twelve Days of Winter" and "The Twelve Days of Kindergarten". Same fabulous author with her wonderful wordplay and same clever illustrator. I want one for me to keep for all visiting children to my home and some to share.

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