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 Counting crows
 Author: Appelt, Kathi

 Illustrator: Dunlavey, Rob

 Publisher:  Atheneum Books for Young Readers
 Pub Year: 2015

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [40] p., col. ill., 26 cm.

 BTSB No: 064672 ISBN: 9781442423275
 Ages: 3-7 Grades: K-2

 Stories in rhyme
 Crows -- Fiction

Price: $20.71

The reader is invited to count hungry crows as they hunt for savory snacks.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 1.70
   Points: .5   Quiz: 173483

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (12/01/14)
   School Library Journal (12/01/14)
   Booklist (+) (02/01/15)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 12/01/2014 PreS-K—This book features a murder of crows (well, a dozen) and rhyming text. The pattern is set for counting the birds ("One, two, three/crows in a tree./Three roly-poly bugs, /three ripe mangoes./Three for the counting crows./Three, by jango!"). The poetry bounces along nicely until number 11, when the pattern changes to accommodate the rhyme. "One, two, three, four,/five, six, seven…/eight…/nine…/ten…eleven!" A cat comes along after 12 crows are introduced, and the birds fly off in their original groups. The text is accompanied by stylized sketchbook-type pencil drawings enhanced digitally with dark red stripes on the crows' shirts and one crow's scarf. The scrawny, playful birds do crowlike things, such as sit in a nest or on a telephone line and scavenge for food. The book features lots of white space and large, easy-to-read lettering. Children will enjoy counting the birds and their various food items. This simple story is a good storytime read-aloud if readers pay attention to the meter.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 02/01/2015 *Starred Review* Starting with the three crows on the cover, wearing velvety (feel them!) red-and-white striped shirts, children are in for a counting frenzy. Numbers from 1 to 12 go up and down, back and forth, as the whimsical birds scratch and flutter, hop and hunt, and peck, poke, and prance. Young counters will be delighted by how the active crows with definite personalities leave their nest and tree in search of snacks. Illustrated in stunning black-and-white pencil art (with the aforementioned red-and-white touches), the drawings pop out from the stark white backgrounds. Children can caw and cack, cackle and grack, along with the crows, following the rhyming text throughout. When the black-feathered avians sing and crowd onto a park bench, wing to wing, a ferocious feline arrives. Scared by the cat, they fly off. A red polka-dotted scarf slips off one to then appear tied smugly around the neck of the predator cat, licking her disappointed paws as she calls, “Bye, crows, bye!” Something to crow about! - Copyright 2015 Booklist.

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