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Help hungry crows avoid a feline foe in this clever concept book from the author of The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp and The Underneath.One, two, three, crows in a tree, bedecked in red scarves and hungry as can be. So they fly out of their nest with snacking in mind, and snack they do. Snack one, snack two, snack three—all the way to a dozen! But before they have tHelp hungry crows avoid a feline foe in this clever concept book from the author of The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp and The Underneath.One, two, three, crows in a tree, bedecked in red scarves and hungry as can be. So they fly out of their nest with snacking in mind, and snack they do. Snack one, snack two, snack three—all the way to a dozen! But before they have time to complain about bellyaches, they have a bigger problem: a cat has been eyeing them…as potential snacks! Can these well-fed crows become well-FLED crows? Read and find out in this counting book from Newbery Finalist and two-time National Book Award Nominee Kathi Appelt, with spot-on illustrations from Rob Dunlavey. It’s the cat’s meow!...

Title : Counting Crows
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ISBN : 9781442423275
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
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Counting Crows Reviews

  • Cheryl
    2019-05-27 03:49

    Oh! A new book by Appelt! With crows!! :grab: Start reading, start grinning. start reading 'aloud under breath' and grin bigger. Oh my. So fun. Plot, rhythm, rhyme, intriguing art style, and the count goes up to 12 (not just 10). Yep, it's another winner from Appelt!.......Reread. Wait, what? Picked up again, not remembering it, didn't read my previous review. This time I'm not particularly liking it. Thinking it might be a rollicking read-aloud but also thinking that the crows would be more likely to mob the cat instead of flee from it, and wishing each had a bit of personality (or that there were more than 12 of them). Rating reflects average impression.

  • Alex Baugh
    2019-05-30 02:51

    Just when you think all the books that reinforce kids counting skills have been written in every conceivable way possible, along comes Kathi Appelt and proves you wrong. Counting Crows does presume that young readers have learned to count at least up to 12 and are ready to have some fun with numbers 1-12. Here we find twelve crows, all wearing bright red and white striped sweaters and, because there's one fashion rebel in every crowd, one crow accentuates his with a red polka-dot scarf. The twelve black crows frolic across the pages, playing with each other, hanging from trees, sitting on telephone lines, and looking for something to eat, all of it accompanied by humorous rhyming couplets and quatrains in an ABCB rhyme scheme.Of course, the crows may be the hunt for a tasty lunch, but they aren't the only ones:Twelve crows hop,twelve crows sing,twelve on a park bench, wing by wing.Twelve chewy chipstwelve slimy snails…One cat countstwelve crows' twelve tails!The brief appearance of a calculating gray kitty wearing a red polka-dot scarf will surely get kids counting crows in the end, but they can also count each thing the crows find to eat, and, as kids will discover, they will eat ANYTHING. For instance, if you look closely at the image below, you will be able to count nine spicy ants, and nine round crackers. But be warned, as the numbers go up, it get more and more difficult find their tasty(?) treats. So the book not only is fun with counting but also helps builds observation skills. I loved the illustrations done in marker, pencil and watercolor. The vivid black crows in bold red sweaters are placed against a bright white background while the other features, like the telephone line, the bench, the edible tidbits are all done with light pencil lines (making them harder to find while seeking and counting them).This is a fun book that will definitely delight young readers, especially those who are comfortable with their numbers already.Kids can find some fun Counting Crows activities HEREThis book is recommended for readers age 3+This book was purchased for my personal libraryThis review was originally posted on Randomly Reading

  • Benji Martin
    2019-06-08 09:55

    Me while reading this book: Ants aren't spicy. Wait. How do I know? I've never eaten an ant. I bet fire ants are spicy. Are ants spicy? Yeppers! Ha! I like that word, yeppers!

  • Shelley
    2019-06-25 08:04

    I don't get it. Weird.

  • Karen
    2019-06-12 04:54

    This is not a counting book. A counting book should not confuse the reader. Yes, you can count the crows, the stripes on the sweaters and even the polka dots. However, for those like me who think mathematically, this book gives me a seizure. I find myself counting the lines on the tree. Why do some crows have four tail feathers and others have three? Where are the actual numerals - if this really is a counting book!!! Although I like the red, white and black lines, please just read this for pleasure and NOT AS A COUNTING BOOK!!!

  • Carol Royce Owen
    2019-06-11 06:53

    Oh how I enjoy reading this book aloud. You can't read this book, you almost have to sing it, as the words (lyrics) have a rhythm all their own. Twelve crows, whimsically drawn by Rob Dunlavey in red and white striped sweaters, count and caw their way through the book until a cat shows up.

  • Viviane Elbee
    2019-06-04 05:49

    The crows in this book are amusing.Good counting book for preschoolers and young elementary students who are working on counting by threes.Kids voted to give 4 stars.

  • Tasha
    2019-06-23 01:55

    This playful picture book comes from the author of The Underneath and other novels for older children. This counting book does not move from one to twelve, but instead starts at three and allows a merry amount of counting along the way. Throughout the action is led by the crows who climb around on trees, sit on lines and find all sorts of treats to eat, including spicy ants. The story moves forward with counting until there are twelve crows who then discover one cat!Appelt proves that she can be a very successful writer for any age of child with her first picture book. Her rhyme reads aloud so well that it’s impossible to read it silently to yourself. It has a great rhythm and buoyancy to it, giving the book a really dynamic energy and feel. I also enjoy a book that has counting in it, but isn’t solely a counting book. This one tells a full story in a cheery way and allows you to share it either as a story book or a concept book.The illustrations truly make the book unique. Using light drawings with touches of red, the book pops. Readers may notice the one scarf-wearing crow who appears in each scene and then they can see what happens to the scarf after the cat appears. It’s a nice touch that may have some readers turning back to trace the scarf from the beginning of the book. Bouncy, rhyming, fun and jaunty, this picture book has its own unique tone and feel that readers will appreciate. Appropriate for ages 2-4.

  • Adrienne Furness
    2019-05-28 10:00

    Explores the concept of a dozen by cumulatively counting to it by threes, so it slyly hits counting, counting by threes, multiplication, and the concept of a dozen. Appelt's language is lilting fun to read aloud, and I love the combination of Dunlavey's pencil work with the birds' red striped shirts and polka-dot scarves. The crows are goofy-looking, in the best kind of way, and I love how he contrasts that with these beautifully rendered realistic images, like the telephone poles and the cat. Really great design--shifting perspectives, moving in and out of the scene, trying different page layouts. I keep looking at it and feeling more impressed.

  • Erin
    2019-06-23 07:14

    The counting and rhyming text make for a fun rhythmic read that easily lends itself to singing. It also breaks down sounds in words making it easier to sound out words for children. The lovely black and white with touches of red illustrations are expressive and funny. These are crows I want to hang out with and so will kids!

  • Carolyn Roys
    2019-06-15 09:03

    What is black and white and red (read) all over and over and over?I love the contrast of the red on the pages to make the crows and then the cat pop.The rhyme moves swiftly.I see this as a Seuss award contender....

  • Amy Miller
    2019-06-01 02:10

    Brilliant red, white and black illustrations coupled with perfect counting rhymes. Perfect for storytimes!

  • Beth
    2019-06-04 08:13

    Nothing about this book is anything I will remember a few hours from now

  • Sarah
    2019-06-10 09:46

    W+I+Has some rhyme

  • Ryan
    2019-06-13 01:50

    Simple, sweet, great rhymes and great illustrations.

  • Ryan Reitz
    2019-06-16 10:01

    Applet, K. (2015). Counting Crows. New York: Atheneum Books For Young Readers.Category: Math informationalA dozen crows explore the world around them in this mathematical reading book. They count items that they find on their journey like potato chips, snails and crickets. Applet does an excellent job of implementing mathematics with reading with simple illustrations and funny facial expressions from the crows on every page. I would recommend this book to a lower elementary student, especially if they need assistance in math. This book can help make math fun and interesting for students by counting chips, peppers, sticks and even the crows themselves through out the book.

  • Carly Bonner
    2019-06-01 02:10

    Counting Crows, by Kathi Appelt is an incredibly entertaining counting book. Appelt uses a variety of rhymes and crows to draw children in and encourages the reader to count along with the crows. I loved how fun the illustrations are and how we follow the crows in whatever they do, like hanging from trees, or singing at the bottom of the page, or counting ants and nuts. This is a great book to reinforce children to count along. With each page and each crow being so different, there is no way for a child to be bored and give up halfway through the book. I am thoroughly impressed by Appelt’s use of creativity to make another counting book not just another counting book.

  • Catherine
    2019-06-25 01:46

    "Counting Crows" by Kathi Appelt was easily one of the best counting picture books I have ever read. The simplistic imagery of the crows and their food/surroundings was incredibly enjoyable and memorable. Children can learn how to count while reinforcing their skills when counting other things within the crow's surroundings. I loved how this book also used the color red against all black and white pictures to draw the reader's attention to the crows being counted. I will definitely use this book in the future to teach and reinforce counting for students. A great success!

  • Janet
    2019-06-06 01:52

    Love the illustrations of this title and this isn't a straight forward book to assist with counting as the opening pages count by 1, 2, 3. None the less children will learn some counting from this title.

  • Anna Nesterovich
    2019-06-01 02:11

    Ooooh, the illustrations are soooo good! And tell more than the words :)

  • Alexis Bell
    2019-06-02 03:58

    This book is a counting book appropriate for young readers. This book also has a rhyming theme to it. I would recommend this for early readers.

  • Donna Mork
    2019-06-11 06:46

    Very cute counting book that rhymes.

  • Lauren
    2019-06-15 05:13

    Meh. The illustrations in this were captivating, but the words and concept didn't flow as much as I had hoped

  • Bonnie Arriola
    2019-06-01 08:16

    Love the illustrations!

  • Destiny
    2019-06-09 08:00

    With bright splashes of red throughout this otherwise black and white picture book, preschoolers will be captivated by the twelve counting crows all in stripped sweaters. This funny rhyming story counts the crow friends as they enjoy their day snacking in the park.Genre: picture book

  • Brooke Bradford
    2019-06-13 07:02

    Plot: There are three crows to start sitting in a tree, they have three roly-poly bugs and three mangos. Soon there are six crows, nine crows, ten crows, eleven crows, and finally twelve crows in the end. Until, one cat comes along and scares all twelve crows away. How many crows and their snacks can you count before the cat comes?Literary Merit: The book has an obvious theme that it has children counting the crows. The setting is wonderful and is very easy for children to understand. The theme of counting is continuous throughout the whole story and allows children to predict how many crows might be on the next page. The setting of Counting Crows is in a park. Children can relate to the setting in that most of them have been to a park before. Genre considerations: Counting Crows is a concept book about counting. This is a great book that gets children involved in counting how many crows there are and also food that the crows find. Not only does this book have children count numbers, but it also has them recognize the spelling of numbers. The writing is simple and should appeal to younger readers that are just learning to read. This book can also be used for children that might not know how to read yet, but can be read with an adult and have them count with them as they read the book. The illustrations are great and the only color that is used is red to show the crows sweaters so they are easy to point out. This makes it easier for children to find the crows and count them. Rob Dunlavey the illustrator used a real life setting of a park where you might find crows looking for food. This book is a great book to use when wanting to teach children to count and recognize the spelling of numbers.Reader Response/ classroom connections: This would definitely be a book I would use when teaching a lesson about counting. This book allows the reader to get involved and actually count the objects that are in the illustrations. After reading this book I could have different stations that have a certain amount of objects and have them count how many there are at each station. Another way to use this book in the classroom is to compare the crows in this book to real life crows in nonfiction books. What do crows eat?, and where do they live?

  • Lisa Boyd
    2019-06-11 05:03

    This book is done all in blacks and greys with only the crows scarves or shirts giving a pop of red in a polka dot or stripe pattern. The book starts off counting by threes and then after nine goes to ten, eleven, and twelve. Each of the counting lines is done with a rhyme at the end and is related to what the birds are eating or think is tasty. After twelve is reached the book takes a turn when a cat counts twelve crow’s tails. Then the counting starts over at one two three and goes back up to twelve as the cat licks its paws once the crows are scared off. The choice of number groups was odd to me.

  • Patrice Sartor
    2019-06-19 03:55

    This just didn't appeal to me. I prefer lots of colors, especially bright ones, and this features just black, white, and red. The numbers are always written out; I would have preferred at least some in numerical format. Finally, the crows and crow-things didn't seem that much fun to count.

  • Margie
    2019-06-13 04:03

    Hardly a day goes by without seeing a group of small birds chasing, diving and madly chirping at a crow. While they may be a pest in the avian world with less than desirable eating habits, they are known for their intelligent adaptability. After my parents retired (or probably before but I did not notice) they were daily entertained by a group of crows who congregated in their backyard. They placed a large basin of water on a backless bench so their feathered friends could drink and jump in to cool themselves. It was like watching a comedy routine. I wouldn't be a bit surprised to discover they named some of the repeat performers.Counting Crows (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, March 3, 2015) written by Kathi Appelt with illustrations by Rob Dunlavey is a concept book with a surprise as cunning as the cawing characters. Due to their residency in nearly every corner of the world, readers will feel connected to and will easily identify with the featured flock. There's merriment in the wind.My full recommendation:

  • Kelsey
    2019-06-05 01:52

    This concept picture book is a must to a child's library. The book teaches children to count in a fun, rhyming and repetitive way. The illustrations go directly with the words so children can easily grasp the story line and count the crows while reading. It is a book that every child will want to include in their library.