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


  1. Great review, Emily. Congratulations, Sherry! I'm looking forward to reading your book. Love the colorful cover!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Charu did an excellent job with the illustrations!

  2. Hi, Emily! Thank you for writing such a stellar review of Ten Zany Birds, a book penned by my dear friend Sherry Ellis. Key elements are present in Sherry's book that induce what I call a "learning trance" in which the young reader's attention remains riveted throughout. Thanks again, Emily!

  3. Sherry will be excited to hear how much you enjoyed her book!

  4. I loved Sherry's book.

  5. Emily, so glad to see Sherry's book appearing on your blog. I love that book! :-)


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