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Chicka Chicka 123 (Chicka Chicka #2)

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  8,599 Ratings  ·  254 Reviews
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Published January 1st 2006 by Scholastic Inc. (first published July 2nd 2004)
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Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Sometimes it is best to stop with the original and not try to duplicate it in a different manner. Though it was a fun read, I kept comparing it to Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom and well this is no Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom. It is a fun way to look at numbers but only ok for me.
Christine
Not as good as Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom, but we still enjoy this one.
Morgan Ashley
Dec 31, 2016 Morgan Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cameron and I think Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is better, but she still laughed quite a bit.
Bonnie Jean
Jul 26, 2015 Bonnie Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute, but not quite as good as the original. The rhyme scheme seems a little more forced, and the plot doesn't quite flow as well (for instance- why in the world does the zero joining up with 10 to become 100 suddenly make all the threatening bees mysteriously go away?)
Annette Taylor-james
Jul 01, 2014 Annette Taylor-james rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I enjoyed reading this book to the children especially at circle-time, we review the colors, numbers and discuss any new word or words. The repetition is also good because it helps to re-enforce the concepts. The children love to read this book.
Heidi
Sep 03, 2015 Heidi rated it it was amazing
My little man assigns the number of stars on these. We like the counting to 100 and rather enjoyed the rhythmic feel that the words have. Can be chanted/sung for additional fun!
K
May 23, 2009 K rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
I only wish it was as good as Chicka Chicka Boom Boom...
Amy Rae
Nov 11, 2013 Amy Rae rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pointless sequel that lacks the charm of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
Jennifer
Apr 30, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was not as good as the original, but had some good rhyming going on.
Kimberly Austin
Jun 01, 2017 Kimberly Austin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book for preschoolers through 1st grade. This book is about numbers that climb the tree and one number does not know where it belongs but by the end of the book finds it home with other numbers.
Ryan Hercik
Title: Chicka Chicka 1-2-3
Author: Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson
Illustrator: Lois Ehlert
Genre: Concept book
Theme(s): Numbers, Family, Music, Cooperation
Opening line/sentence:
1 told 2
and 2 told 3,
“I’ll race you to the top
of the apple tree.”
Brief Book Summary: The numbers 1 through 99 have climbed up the apple tree. Several bumblebees come and claim that the tree is theirs’ causing all the numbers to fall from the tree except 10. The number 0 never made it up the tree but joins 10 who wa
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Kylie Narehood
Feb 14, 2016 Kylie Narehood rated it liked it
Title:Chicka Chicka 1, 2,3
Author: Bill Martin Jr. & Michael Sampson
Illustrator: Lois Ehlert
Genre: Concept Book, Counting Book
Theme(s): Numbers, Fruit Shapes
Opening line/sentence:
1 told 2
and 2 told 3,
“I’ll race you to the top
of the apple tree.”
Brief Book Summary: This book teaches children how to count numbers 1-20, than it counts by tens teaching children the numbers till 100. This book is helpfully in teaching children their numbers, as it exposes them to many numbers at a young ag
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Goshen PL Childrens
Read for Storytime, March 8th
Theme: Math Stories

Another concept hit from Bill Martin Jr!
Ariana
This colorful book uses rhyming and fun situations to help teach children how to count up to twenty by ones, and count to one-hundred by tens as the numbers clump up an apple tree. Through a tricky situation with bumblebees Chicka Chicka 1-2-3 also teaches young ones how to count backwards by tens from one-hundred to twenty, and by ones from twenty to one. It discusses the importance in the number zero because without the help of the extra zero they would have never made it to the number one-hun ...more
Alison
Feb 16, 2016 Alison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Chicka Chicka 1,2,3
Author: Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson
Illustrator: Lois Ehlert
Genre: Counting Book, Music
Theme(s): Numbers, Counting, Music
Opening line/sentence: 1 told 2,
and 2 told 3,
“I’ll race you to the top of the apple tree.”
Brief Book Summary: Numbers race to the top of the apple tree, and zero feels left out and as if there is no place for him. Zero soon realizes what his place is on the number tree.
Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Simon (Simon & Schuster Childr
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Abby M
This is my bro's absolute favorite book at the moment. He carries it everywhere, and has asked me to read it dozens of times. I like it, so it has to be good, I guess.
Rachel
Sep 09, 2014 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Chicka Chicka BY: Bill Martin Jr.

Chicka Chicka 1 2 3 by Bill Martin Jr is a young readers book. It is a fun way to learn how to count. In this book there was a repetitive line that allowed the children to memorize and participate in the discussion. Repetition is key in engaging the interest of children learning to read. I feel like that was a great way to engage a group of young readers. Within this book there was a lesson being learned. The reader was taught how to count all the way to 20 by c
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Melanie Bates
Mar 03, 2013 Melanie Bates rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, picture
Chicka Chicka 1-2-3

Summary: This book is similar to Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, except instead of letters they incorporate numbers. They use numbers and rhyming throughout the whole book. The illustrations in this book show digits climbing up an apple tree which represents the content on each page.

Response: This book has the same concept as Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. I liked that the author mentioned numbers one through twenty, then went from twenty to one hundred counting by tens. This is an intere
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Monica Rigor
Nov 14, 2015 Monica Rigor rated it really liked it
Shelves: math
Similar to its alphabet counterpart, in Chicka Chicka 1,2,3 numbers from 1 to 100 race up a tree to reach the top. But this time it isn't coconuts that cause the numbers to fall--it's a swarm of threatening bumblebees. By tens, the numbers come tumbling down in reverse order until 10 is the last in the tree. Little 0, who throughout the story wonders if there's a place for him, seizes the opportunity and climbs up next to 10, creating the number 100 and becoming the hero of the story. Although t ...more
Cherina
Oct 06, 2008 Cherina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary: This time, it's the numbers turn to take an adventure. Numbers 1 through 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, and 99 race to the top of an apple tree. But will there be enough room for 0? A swarm of bees comes along and chases the numbers out of their tree. 0 hides. Once the bees are gone, 0 takes his place atop the tree with 10 -- making 100. The numbers are happy and scramble back to the top of the tree.

Uses: read-aloud in the primary grades; independent reading for early readers; possibly
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Teresa
This is another book that has almost the same kind of format as Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. The numbers are all trying to go up an apple tree. Will there be a place for Zero? You'll have to read it to find out.The illustrations are fun and colorful. This book was fun just like the one that proceeds it. The rhythm in the book is pretty evident so it makes it easy to read and the children follow along. I gave this book 3 stars only because it wasn't as exciting and catchy as Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. ...more
Carley
In this colorful, rhyming children’s book the numbers 0-100 share many adventures while climbing an apple tree. They climb to the top and some eat apples along the way. Once numbers 0-99 are in the apple tree, number zero starts to cry because it is worried there won’t be room for it to join the party. Then a ton of bumblebees start attacking the tree and tell the letters to get out of their tree. The letters then fall out of the tree until there are no more left. Once all the letters are out of ...more
Khaoi Mady
Feb 27, 2015 Khaoi Mady rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this great follow up to Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, numbers take over an apple tree. In the familiar rhyme scheme of its predecessor, numbers are personified to climb up a tree and they run into problems along the way. The numbers stop climbing when bumblebees come in the scene and they must find a way around this. The colors are bright and bold. There is a lot of action in this book for counting book. I found myself entrenched in the storyline of the book and felt the numbers were characters an ...more
Renee
Mar 19, 2012 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary: Numbers from one to one hundred climb to the top of an apple tree in this rhyming chant.

My son loves this book right now! (age 3 1/2) Book goes up to 100. The numbers are climbing the apple tree, 1-20, then by tens 30, 40, etc, to 100. O is always asking "Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3, Will there be a place for me?" He ends up at the top of the tree with 10 to make 100. There are some bees in the book who cause the numbers to get out of their tree.

Not as great as Chicka Chicka Boom Boom but it
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Joy
This is the other half of the creative duo for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom writing his version of a counting book (the other author is responsible for Boom Chicka Rock)

This book features the art of Lois Ehlert just like the original book. It's not as good as the original in my opinion but decent. Very similar in structure to Chicka Chicka Boom Boom but there's an apple tree this time. It counts higher than Boom Chicka Rock (1-20 and then 10s to 100).

The illustrations are cut paper.
Sarah Sammis
Chicka, Chicka 1, 2, 3 by Bill Martin Jr. is the follow up to Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom, a book I haven't read but Harriet has. This book is as the title suggests, a counting book. The numbers 1 to 100 are represented with most of the emphasis being on the numbers 1 to 20.

For reasons unknown to me, the numbers decide to climb into an apple tree. Some climb just for the fun of climbing and some are after the apples. The zero, wants in on the fun but can't figure out how to participate.

The number
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Amy Stumph
In this colorful, rhyming children’s book the numbers 0-100 share many adventures while climbing an apple tree. They climb to the top and some eat apples along the way. Once numbers 0-99 are in the apple tree, number zero starts to cry because it is worried there won’t be room for it to join the party. Then a ton of bumblebees start attacking the tree and tell the letters to get out of their tree. The letters then fall out of the tree until there are no more left. Once all the letters are out of ...more
Laura
In Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3, a colorful, rhyming children’s book, the numbers 0-100 share a lot of adventures while they are climbing an apple tree. They climb up to the top and some of them eat apples along the way. Once the numbers 0-99 are in the apple tree, the number zero starts to cry because it is worried there will not be room for it to be able to join the party. Then a lot of bumblebees start to attack the tree. The bumblebees tell the letters to get out of their tree. The letters then fal ...more
Author Wanda Jefferson
I bought this book for me to read to my 5 now 6 year old son. He immediately loved it. Even though he has a speech impediment, he did not let that stop him from trying to read it himself. One day out of the blue he read it to me. I was filled with joy, so much so, that when his teacher asked for a student reader, I volunteered him. He read the whole book to us all by himself. I was so overjoyed I made a youtube video of him reading the book and it is on "The wandasncredible channel". My plan is ...more
Laura Hunt
Chicka Chicka 1,2,3 is a great primary read and would work great in a Kindergarten class. This picture book poetically rhymes and would be great to read when teaching addition and skip counting in math. There is even a catchy song that goes along with it online.
The book starts with the number 0 climbing up a apple tree, with a repetitive line that goes "Chicka Chicka 1,2,3, will there be a place for me". The numbers in this book go up by 1's until the number 20 and then skip counts. The plot cha
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Bill Martin, Jr. (1916-2004) was an elementary-school principal, teacher, writer, and poet. His more than 300 books, among them the bestselling classics Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See; Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear; Panda Bear Panda Bear What Do You See; and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, are a testament to his ability to speak directly to children. Martin held a doctoral degree in early ...more
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