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Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,406 Ratings  ·  227 Reviews
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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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?)
Heidi
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!
Annette Taylor-james
Jul 15, 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.
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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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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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
Rachel
Sep 10, 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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Monica Rigor
Nov 15, 2015 Monica Rigor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kylie Narehood
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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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
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 28, 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
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
Shelby O'Rourke
Oct 01, 2015 Shelby O'Rourke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: counting
True to the "Chicka Chicka" books the illustrations are adorable, colorful and full of life. Numbers 1-99 begin climbing a tall tree and poor 0 wonders if there will be a place for him with all those other numbers climbing up. Once all the numbers climb up the tree begins to shake and every number but 10 falls down. 0 finally knows his place is up top with 10 to make 100. All the numbers celebrate by climbing back up the tree and singing "0's the hero of the number tree. The illustrations are ab ...more
Alma Hernandez
Apr 02, 2014 Alma Hernandez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: authors
This book is great for teachers to use in the begining of the year. This book helps introduce children to numbers. The illustrations are eye catching. The way the book goes along, children will always be interested.

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
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Allie
Jan 29, 2014 Allie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those who like Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, this book follows the same lovable pattern. This book quickly becomes familiar with its rhythmic pattern and fun illustrations. The illustrations bring the numbers to life and almost make them jump off the page. This would be a fun book to read during math time to younger students. Students can practice finding numbers and chanting along with the reader. I would read this book aloud to the students and then place the book somewhere in the classroom whe ...more
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.
Kathy Leonard
Feb 14, 2014 Kathy Leonard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: etec545-class2
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, ...more
Kayla H. Hoard
Sep 17, 2014 Kayla H. Hoard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: counting
All the numbers from 1-99 begin to climb a coconut tree until the tree is weighed down and all of a sudden it falls and all of the numbers come tumbling back down to the ground.

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
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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.
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...
Brittany Stewart
Feb 24, 2015 Brittany Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: peer-teacher
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 ...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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Melanie Bates
Mar 04, 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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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
Stanislav242
May 05, 2016 Stanislav242 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: counting
This book borrows from the other Chicka Chicka book, and it also has a tree...but now, the numbers are climbing it! The bees seem to be upset at the numbers, and the numbers have to do what they have to do! Climb the tree. The book rhymes and has excellent potential for activities, and repetition. Makes remmebering number sequences easier. I would recommend it to any classroom, the pictures are amazing, bright and colorful. Numbers are fun, for once!
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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Tami
Nov 20, 2012 Tami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Chicka Chicka 1-2-3 Author: Bill Martin Jr., Michael Sampson, Louis Ehlert Illustrated by: Sergio Martiaez Genre: Folklore Age Level: P; I Date: 2004
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
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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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