Here we find twelve crows, all wearing bright red and white striped sweaters and, because there's one fashion rebel in every crowd, one crow accentuates his with a red polka-dot scarf. The twelve black crows frolic across the pages, playing with each other, hanging from trees, sitting on telephone lines, and looking for something to eat, all of it accompanied by humorous rhyming couplets and quatrains in an ABCB rhyme scheme.
Of course, the crows may be the hunt for a tasty lunch, but they aren't the only ones:
Twelve crows hop,
twelve crows sing,
twelve on a park bench,
wing by wing.
Twelve chewy chips
twelve slimy snails…
One cat counts
twelve crows' twelve tails!
The brief appearance of a calculating gray kitty wearing a red polka-dot scarf will surely get kids counting crows in the end, but they can also count each thing the crows find to eat, and, as kids will discover, they will eat ANYTHING. For instance, if you look closely at the image below, you will be able to count nine spicy ants, and nine round crackers. But be warned, as the numbers go up, it get more and more difficult find their tasty(?) treats. So the book not only is fun with counting but also helps builds observation skills.
I loved the illustrations done in marker, pencil and watercolor. The vivid black crows in bold red sweaters are placed against a bright white background while the other features, like the telephone line, the bench, the edible tidbits are all done with light pencil lines (making them harder to find while seeking and counting them).
This is a fun book that will definitely delight young readers, especially those who are comfortable with their numbers already.
Kids can find some fun Counting Crows activities HERE
This book is recommended for readers age 3+
This book was purchased for my personal library
This is book 6of my 2015 Nonfiction Picture Book Reading Challenge hosted by Kid Lit Frenzy