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# Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3

First published in 1989, this counting-book companion to the classic Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is back. Full color.

Hardcover, 40 pages

Published
September 1st 2009
by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
(first published July 2nd 2004)

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Sep 03, 2015
Heidi
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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!

Jul 15, 2014
Annette Taylor-james
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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.

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 ...more

**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 ...more

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 ...more

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 ...more

Bill Martin lived the last 11 years of his life in the east Texas woods near Commerce, Texas. A Kansas native, Bill graduated with a teaching certificate from Emporia State University. He taught in Kansas and was an elementary school principal in Chicago before he moved to New York Ci ...more

Pointless sequel that lacks the charm of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

Feb 14, 2014
Kathy Leonard
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Martin, Bill. Chicka Chicka 123 (2013). This books follows Martin’s popular ABC book, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. The format is similar but now the focus is on counting. The numbers all want to climb the apple tree but there’s a twist, once on top, the bees don’t want them in their tree. The numbers practically fall out of the tree because they are so scared. This counting book has rhyming phrases, white space between sentences and the sentences are broken up into small chunks. The repeated phrase,
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This book is great not for just the youngest kids learning to count but for older kids learning to count all the way to 100. First the book goes through the numbers as they go up the tree then gives kids a double dose by going through the numbers again as the numbers fall back down the tree. This book could definitely spr ...more

Feb 24, 2015
Brittany Stewart
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This book uses a lot of repetition and chronological counting. I love how the author gives emotion to the numbers such as how 0 feels he has no place as all the numbers go one after the other. I loved how the numbers climbing up the tree seem to be a little race or a game. Reading this book and creating a game similar would be great for young children. I enjoyed reading this book. It teaches children how to count in order as well as provide vivid colors and details in the illustration. I think t
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Oct 06, 2008
Cherina
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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 ...more

Uses: read-aloud in the primary grades; independent reading for early readers; possibly ...more

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 ...more

Mar 19, 2012
Renee
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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 ...more

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 ...more

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.

Nov 27, 2009
Sarah Sammis
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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 ...more

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 ...more

Numbers from 1 to 99 go up the tree and then there is no room for zero. Zero begins to cry. Bubble bees shout, “GET OUT OF OUR TREE!” and all the numbers fall out but zero. “0 lands on top of the tree, joins with 10. Now 100 you see!” “Chicka chicka 1, 2, 3….Here’s the place that’s just for me!” All the numbers come back on the tree and zero ...more

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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
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