Thursday, January 24, 2008

Max Counts His Chickens

Wells, Rosemary. 2007. MAX COUNTS HIS CHICKENS. New York: Penguin. ISBN 9780670062225 [Suggested Grade Levels PreK–2]

Max and Ruby are back in this Easter adventure and large format counting book. The Easter bunny has hidden pink marshmallow chicks and the bunny brother and sister are hunting high and low with Ruby having all the luck. Max can’t seem to keep up with Ruby, but he is making a mess while on the hunt. Don’t count Max out, as he gets the last laugh. Each brightly colored page shows Ruby finding the goodies with the corresponding numeral and a line-up of the pink prizes as well as Max’s messes. Young readers can empathize with Max as he tries to keep up with his older sister. Once again Wells has captured in a warm and simple way the antics of the rabbit siblings. This is a counting book sure to please Max and Ruby fans.

Compare counting books. How are they alike? How are they different? Look at each book’s purpose. Allow the children to work together to create their own counting books.

Other counting books:
Anno, Mitsumasa. ANNO’S COUNTING BOOK. ISBN 9780690012873
Ehlert, Lois. FISH EYES: A BOOK YOU COUNT ON. ISBN 9780152162818
Walsh, Ellen Stoll. MOUSE COUNT. ISBN 9780152002237

Selected Max & Ruby Books by Rosemary Wells
BUNNY MONEY. ISBN 9780140567502
MAX’S DRAGON SHIRT. ISBN 9780140567274
RUBY’S BEAUTY SHOP. ISBN 9780142401941
BUNNY PARTY. ISBN 9780142501627

By Jane H. Claes

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