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# Eric Carle's 123

by
Eric Carle

Eric Carle's animals are perfect for illustrating number concepts. One: giraffe. Two: giraffe and elephant. Three: giraffe, elephant, and bear. In this book, readers count all the way up to ten as each page has a corresponding number of animals to point out. The last page features a flip book of all the numbers to count out loud. The padded cover is perfect for little hand
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Hardcover, 24 pages

Published
May 28th 2009
by Grosset & Dunlap
(first published 1968)

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Feb 05, 2014
Samantha Mcdowell
rated it
really liked it
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review of another edition

Shelves:
counting

I thought this was a vibrantly colored counting book that is great for children. The book has no words, so it is perfect for children who can't quite read on their own yet. However, it is also great for a little bit older audience that is just learning numbers and how to count. Younger (pre-reading) children can enjoy the pictures of the animals riding the train to their new homes at the zoo and the slightly older children can count the animals as a new one gets added each time and follow the tr
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The first page features a train engine and coal car. "Who likes trains?" I asked to an enthusiastic crowd. I turned to the first page where an elephant is pictured on a flat-bed car. "I thought today we would tell the story about Goldilocks and the Elephant," I began. ...more

o 1, 2, 3 To The Zoo

o Written and Illustrated by Eric Carle

• Personal Response to Reviews:

1) Marilyn Courtot (Children’s Literature)

Hurry up and get aboard the train. A collection of animals ranging from one very large elephant to five pairs of birds is headed for the zoo. As each number and the corresponding number of animals is introduced, another car is added to the train running along the bottom of the page. Once at their destination, the cars are emptie ...more

Author: Eric Carle

Illustrator:

Genre: Fiction, Children’s Literature

Themes: Counting

Opening line/sentence: 1

Brief Book Summary: 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo includes wordless pages of the colorful and eye catching illustrations done by Eric Carle. This book is about animals getting on the train in number order. For example, first we have one elephant get one then there is two hippos etc. This book introduces counting, numbers, addition, and subtraction to children.

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**Title**:

*1,2,3 to the Zoo*

**Author**: Eric Carle

**Genre**: counting book

**Theme(s)**: counting, animals, sequencing

**Opening line/sentence**: n/a (wordless)

**Brief Book Summary**: (The book beings by showing readers a train. The next page shows an elephant in the train car and the number 1 in the corner, so that readers can see that there is 1 elephant. The train continues taking animals to the zoo, gathering up bears, monkeys, birds, and several others, all the while teaching young readers how to count from 1 to 10 ...more

Author: Eric Carle

Illustrator: Eric Carle

Genre: Counting Book

Theme(s): Animals, Counting

Opening line/sentence: There are no words in this book. The first symbol to appear is the numeral 1.

Brief Book Summary:

The book begins with a picture of a train. The next page features one elephant. Each on the on the train has one more zoo animal that the previous car. The book comes to an end with the last car, which is filled with 10 birds. The last page is a picture of the whole ...more

**Title**:

*1, 2, 3, To The Zoo A Counting Book*

**Author**: Eric Carle

**Illustrator**:

**Genre**: Counting

**Theme**: Counting, Animals, Zoo

**Opening line/sentence**:

1 (picture of an elephant)

**Brief Book Summary**:

Each page of the book displays a number and the same number of an animal to represent that riding on a train to the zoo. It starts with just one elephant and eventually gets to ten birds. The final page is a picture of the entire zoo once the train arrives.

**Professional Recommendation/Review #1**:

Marilyn Courtot ( ...more

Author: Eric Carle

Genre: Counting Book

Theme: Animals, counting

Opening line: N/A (wordless)

Summary:

1, 2, 3 To The Zoo is a wordless book about zoo animals ridding along a zoo train. Readers count the animals at the zoo and a little mouse is featured in every page giving the children an extra smile.

Professional Review #1:

Marilyn Courtot (CLCD) says, "Hurry up and get aboard the train. A collection of animals ranging from one very large elephant to five pairs of birds is heade ...more

**Title**:

*1 2 3 to the zoo*

**Author**: Carle, Eric

**Genre**: Counting

**Theme(s)**: animals

**Brief Book Summary**: (This is another classic from Eric Carle. The book is about a train carrying animals to the Zoo. First, the engine of the train is shown. Then one cart at a time is shown, starting from one animal, and going along up to ten animals. At the end, a big page opens showing all the animals together. )

**Professional Recommendation/Review #1**: (Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot

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Aug 31, 2012
Aldon Rau
added it

Few infants have had the opportunity to form opinions of their own on subjects such as art, literature, politics and the like. Parents have a marked tendency to take advantage of this naivete by emblazoning their small children with motifs denoting their own preferences. This is why I frequently find myself promoting some sort of star war (I can only guess at what might lie behind such a singular conflict), or presenting myself as as a "Dino Expert" (my shirt's words, not my own. I blush to thin
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When the train reaches the zoo, the animals are seen in their enclosures in a pull-out illustrated map of the zoo (my least favorite book element, ...more

Jan 25, 2016
Emily Egbers
rated it
it was amazing
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review of another edition

Shelves:
counting-picture-book

This is a good counting picture book for children learning their numbers and counting. Once again, Eric Carle did a terrific job on the illustrations! His technique used was watercoloring each animal to count from one to ten, counting up by one animal each page. The background is white to enhance the vivid colors of the animals and the illustrations are so large that they take up both pages. He created a train cart on each page with different animals for each number. The numbers are listed on th
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Also, the pull tab at the back is a really cool feature, but didn't hold up well. I've had to repair it with packing tape. It ...more

Mar 10, 2015
Klaudia Maniakowska
rated it
really liked it
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review of another edition

Shelves:
picture-books-class

The book is a concept picture book that aims at teaching how to count from 1 to 10. Storyline is quite simple: animals are riding on a train to the zoo. But story in only a device to represent the concept of numbers: on each page there is a different number presented, and different animals on a boxcar represent the given number. On the bottom of each page there is a kind of “preview” of all the boxcars that the readers have already saw, and the amount of the boxcars is always the same as the num
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Mar 17, 2015
Mirissa Holbrook
rated it
really liked it
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review of another edition

Shelves:
children-s-lit-in-class

I love Eric Carle's books. His illustrations have always appealed to me, as an adult and as a child. Because his artwork is so distinctive, it's always easy to pick out his books from a line up. His artwork is his trademark, which is something that not all artists can accomplish—at least, to those like me who have an untrained eye. For this particular book, I like that there are different animals. There aren't seven hippopotamuses lumped together on one page. Instead, there will be a hippo and a
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The very first page of 1, 2, 3 to the zoo draws the readers attention to the book. The train is so big it takes two pages to fit it! Aside from being massive, this tr ...more

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Eric Carle (born June 25, 1929) is a children's book author and illustrator, most famous for his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which has been translated into over 30 languages. Since The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 71 million copies of his books have sold around
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