Counting Birds

Alice Melvin‘s Counting Birds is one of the few counting books I’ve found for small children in which the numbers go up to 20, rather than stopping at 10.  School Library Journal calls it “charming” in its “quiet eloquence”: “Beginning at dawn with one cockerel, the narration moves through the day and into the evening, counting birds from 1 to 20, and ending with a solitary barn owl slipping into the night while everyone sleeps. The text, which is composed in couplets, counts birds both inside and outside a stately country house. The narrative has a decidedly British flavor, referring to the avian pattern on the crockery for afternoon tea and brown wrens hiding in the garden shrubbery. Each description cleverly captures the character of the different birds, some commonplace, like ducks and pigeons, and others more exotic, lovebirds and peacocks… In her bright and cheerful illustrations, Melvin employs geometric designs and patterns that bring to mind the warmth and comfort of a favorite quilt.” Giggle factor: not applicable. Adult enjoyment: it is really amazing to hear my little boy count up to 20. Illustrations: three jelly jars, higher if you like screenprinting.

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~ by kaychubbuck on November 3, 2010.

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