Illustrations by Rob Dunlavey
Back to school! It’s time for math, and here come the crows to help. With huge beaks, round white eyes, and wearing red-and-white striped shirts (one sports a red polka-dotted scarf), they don’t look like the jet-black birds kids may know, but who cares? Flapping and cawing raucously, they group themselves into sets of three, then six, and nine--till young enumerators have a full dozen to count. These crows snack on anything from spicy ants and chewy chips to sweet peas and slimy snails--all drawn in grey pencil to be counted, too. The crows fly, roost, hop, joust, and sing in time to Appelt’s jazzy rhymes, all enhanced by the spiky typeface, Pocket. On the title page, alert viewers may have spotted a clue to their hasty departure. As the twelve flap off into the distance, kids will see ONE grey cat wearing ONE red scarf. Counting has never been so much fun!
2015, Ages 3 to 6
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Recommended by: Barbara Talcroft
Barbara Talcroft reviews children’s books professionally for childrenslit.com and for Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. She has a Master’s degree in International Children’s Literature. She also has many years’ experience as a teacher. Barbara is one of the founders of LANTERN and its past chairperson.