Monday, October 19, 2015

#MMBBR Review: Ten Zany Birds by Sherry Ellis @513sherrye

Ten zany birds have a party in a tree, singing and dancing. Five have stripes, three have spots, and one has purple polka dots. They're all having fun, but one by one, they become distracted.

One is frightened by a loud plane. One gets hungry. One wants to race and another needs a bath. Only one stays to sing in the tree, but who will it be?

Ten Zany Birds is a fun, beautifully illustrated picture book. As parents and teachers read, children are introduced to counting and basic subtraction skills. Whenever a bird leaves, the number of striped, spotted, and polka-dotted birds changes, teaching the application of simple classification rules.

Whimsical and entertaining, Sherry Ellis's tale of ten silly, distractible little birds is an excellent choice for both pre-reader storybook time and early readers.

I adore this clever, beautifully illustrated and fun counting book!  What I love about this book is that is a fun way to introduce math and counting to young readers.  There are so many great ways to use this book in the classroom and I cannot wait to explore it's use in a variety of ways in my Count on It class.   It is both enjoyable to read and a blast to listen to.  What a wonderful story that any young reader will love to have in their home library.  5 stars

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