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Chicka Chicka 123: 11/27/09
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 numbers are thwarted at the end by bees, thus bringing the number counting to a reverse. There's a trick though, the ten doesn't come down. Is he stuck? Is he immune to bees? The 10's disappearance is the zeros chance to come to rescue
It's a cute book with predictable rhymes. What I like most about it are Lois Ehlert's bright illustrations. She also wrote and illustrated Eating the Alphabet.