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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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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.

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,...more

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

May 28, 2010
Joy
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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.

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

Genre: number book

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Themes: counting, rhyming words

Annotation: In this spin-off of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Bill Martin, Jr. creates a number book that has the numbers paired with a rhyming word or phrase that helps children connect with the number.

Ways to use the book with children: counting, number recognition

I read this to my kids and they want me to read it every night, it is a great way to help kids learn to count, it rhyme...more

Aug 25, 2008
Alissa
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Recommends it for:
kindergarten teachers

This counting book was a marvelously illustrated book. Its about numbers 1-99 climbing a tree. All numbers except for zero. There was no room for zero until bumble bees came and ran all the other numbers out of the tree running scared. Then zero could climb to the top and join the number 10 to form 100. The rest of the numbers cheered as the number zero faced his fear and became a hero. Then the rest of the numbers began to climb the tree again and all lived happily in the tree.

You could use thi...more

You could use thi...more

The book is written in a story form using the numbers as characters in the book. It rhythms throughout the book so students learn word families and words with the same ending sounds. Also, it involves counting up to 100. Students will need to know how to count...more

May 23, 2014
Jill
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Not as wonderful as Chica Chica Boom Boom, but enjoyable and fun and my kids lived it. Great for an intro to numbers with the younger ones.

Feb 22, 2010
Jessica Minnoia
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This book is a story about numbers wanting to climb the number tree with the number 0 always asking "Chicka chicka 1,2,3...will there be a place for me?" The book counts up to 99 and eventually all the numbers have to come down without 0 ever getting the chance to climb the tree. As they come down number 10 is missing so 0 hops to the top of the tree to join number 10 to make 100.

This would be a great read aloud book for a Pre-K-K classroom where children are learning about numbers. The pictur...more

This would be a great read aloud book for a Pre-K-K classroom where children are learning about numbers. The pictur...more

Nov 08, 2008
Rachael
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Recommends it for:
kids who like numbers

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I am not anywhere near as big a fan of this book as my son is. It does have a nice rhythm for reading aloud, and it did seem to help him learn both to identify numbers and count ridiculously high in a very short period of time, but... I don't really like the pictures as well as in Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. The tree looks a little scary to me. And the plot is a little shaky. When you have to explain what's going on in a picture book to other college-educated adults because it's not totally clear,...more

Second this book tackles number 1 to 100 in a short amount of time. It's a fun idea and the book goes through the numbers both forwards and backwards, but as a teacher I find it too much information in one place.

Third, the book skips between numbers in sequence and counting by tens with zero thrown in throughout.

If your intention is to find a counting book you'll want to go with something a little simpler to begin. If this is just meant to b...more

*Chicka Chicka Boom Boom*, so there were high expectations for this similar story about numbers. Also Lois Ehlert seems to be popping up everywhere for me recently. We took out another one of her books this week without even realizing it.

I was disappointed with this book. The descriptions of the numbers were no where near as cute and clever as the letters in the other book. Unlike the letter book, the counting backward seemed forced. The placement of the zero to make 100 seemed gimicky.

Ov...more

Feb 12, 2014
Elyshia Schafer
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I like Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom better. This one just doesn't quite have that rhythm and flow.

Feb 08, 2014
Maxwell
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I love the scholastic video versions of the chicka chicka books. The music is infectious.

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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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