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Count Your Chickens

by Jo Ellen Bogart
illustrated by Lori Joy Smith

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counting & numbers, ducks, geese, etc., humorous stories
list price: $22.99
edition:Hardcover
also available: Hardcover
published: 2017
ISBN:9781770497924
publisher: Tundra
Description

For fans of Richard Scarry, a cute-as-a-button picture book featuring dozens of chickens as they set out for the county fair!

Chickens, chickens everywhere -- going to the county fair! Follow a family of chickens as they prepare for their big outing. You'll see chickens wondering what to wear, baking pies, painting their toes and knitting socks. A stroll through town reveals that everyone else is excited for the festivities too. There are so many sights to see! Over there we see racers sprinting to the finish line. Over here, farmers showing off their best crops. Clowns, entertainers and musicians take the stage. And don't forget the rides: the Ferris wheel, super slide and merry-go-round. Grab some cotton candy and popcorn, because this very silly book will entertain and challenge young readers with searching and counting elements.

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Contributor notes

JO ELLEN BOGART is the author of many books for children, including Big and Small, Room for All; Jeremiah Learns to Read; Daniel's Dog and Gifts. She has degrees in elementary education and psychology from the University of Texas, and she now writes full time. Jo Ellen has won the Ruth Schwartz Award and has been shortlisted for the Mr. Christie's Book Award. Her first book for Tundra was a biography of Maud Lewis called Capturing Joy: The Story of Maud Lewis, and her most recent picture book is The White Cat and the Monk, illustrated by Governor General's Award-winning illustrator Sidney Smith. Born in Houston, Texas, she now lives in a pet-filled home in Guelph, Ontario.

LORI JOY SMITH is an illustrator and fine artist whose work has been exhibited in galleries across Canada and the United States. Her illustrations have appeared on greeting cards and in Chirp, American Girl, Teen and Today's Parent magazines, among other places. Lori is an up-and-coming picture book illustrator, whose work includes Noisy Poems for a Busy Day by Robert Heidbreder, as well as The Goodnight Book, which she also wrote. Lori enjoys knitting, drawing and sewing. She lives with her family in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

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Editorial Review

PRAISE FOR Count Your Chickens:
"Unfolding in short, bouncy rhymes, this atypical counting book fills its pages with a flock of chickens enjoying a day at the county fair . . . There is so much feathered fun here, it’s pure poultry in motion." --Kirkus Reviews

"Reminiscent of the work of Richard Scarry, the spreads will encourage children to go back and pore over theillustrations, not only to count the chickens but also to track the many characters—including a pair of mice who appear onevery page . . . An enjoyable concept and seek-and-find title that’s perfect for springtime sharing and reinforcement of counting skills" --School Library Journal

"There is endless counting to be done here . . . Count Your Chickens is a perfect lap book or something for an individual child to spend time with." --CM Magazine

"Less a storybook and more of an immersive experience that delights in small details a la Richard Scarry." --Fresh Press
"The impressive rhyming text is matched with colorful, detailed illustrations . . . in bright, breezy and humorous spreads that will have young readers paying very close attention to the many opportunities for counting presented." --Sal's Fiction Addiction

PRAISE FOR Big and Small, Room for All by Jo Ellen Bogart:

"Bogart presents a way for young children to explore the concepts of big and small in a way few picture books address.... Both text and illustrations have a modest sense of the sublime in their subject, one that comes across clearly. A necessary purchase that surpasses the ordinary fare." --Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

"[S]imple rhymes take the reader on a journey from the deep expanse of the universe to the tiny organisms revealed under a microscope . . . Stunning." --Starred Review, Quill & Quire

"Word choice is highly suitable for the earliest independent readers. This book will serve as a springboard for discussing the way children perceive size in the natural world." --School Library Journal

"Introducing small children to a big idea, this handsome picture book uses an open-ended approach that could lead to good discussions." --Booklist

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About the Authors

Jo Ellen Bogart

Jo Ellen Bogart was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in several Texas cities, but for the last 32 years, she has lived in Guelph, Part of the fun Jo Ellen has in writing books for children is venturing into many different kinds of writing, from poetry and picture books to biography, non-fiction, and early readers. She has also written lots of song lyrics for kids, and is trying her hand at painting. Jo Ellen has a teaching degree from the University of Texas and has worked as a supply teacher. Though she no longer teaches, she really enjoys meeting her young readers and seeing what they have to say.
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Lori Joy Smith

Lori Joy Smith is an artist and illustrator with many picture books to her credit. She's also illustrated for magazines, including Chirp, and for beloved children's entertainers Bobs & Lolo. She currently lives in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, with her family. For more information, visit www.lorijoysmith.com.
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