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Look whooo's counting
MacDonald, Suse.
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 x 27 cm
The reader is asked to find numbers that are transformed into animal shapes and hidden in the illustrations.
Reading Level:
AD 410 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.7 0.5 55039.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.9 1 Quiz: 22076 Guided reading level: G.
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Central Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-A-B-C 1-2-3 Books
Collins Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Hamburg Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction A-B-C- 1-2-3 Books
Lancaster Library PIC BK. Juvenile Fiction A-B-C- 1-2-3 Books
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction A-B-C- 1-2-3 Books

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In this stunning picture book, wise old Owl journeys back to the night when she first learned to count to ten. On that night she discovered that number shapes are hidden everywhere -- in the graceful cranes, the big-horned sheep, and even in the spider's web. Children will delight in this luminous search-and-find counting book!

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. "When Owl was young, she could not count. Flying through the sky one night, she learned." In striking collage illustrations, MacDonald shows an owl sweeping through the night sky above an increasing number of creatures: one prairie dog, two field mice, and so on. The pleasure for kids will come in finding the numbers formed from each animal's body--curled sheep horns form the number six; a crooked bat wing makes a seven. As children progress through the book, they can keep count of the numbers already learned by following the numerically shaped feathers under the owl's wings. A final double-page review shows the owl, with wings outstretched, numbers below, and encouraging text: "Count from 1 to 10 with wise old owl. Now look who's counting!" Spare and atmospheric, the beautiful spreads extend the counting lesson into a journey through a mysterious, evening landscape, under a glowing moon. --Gillian Engberg

Publisher's Weekly Review

Young Owl takes a sunset-to-dawn census of her habitat one nightÄand learns to count in the process. As she enumerates "1 prairie dog sitting on a hill," "2 mice in the field," and so on, something magical happens: the animals and insects bear an uncanny resemblance to individual numerals, as do her own feathers. When Owl counts "8 spiders in a web," for example, the bodies of the octet of insects look just like the numeral eight, while Owl's underfeathers form the numerals one through eight. (A few of the examples are a stretch, including the moths' wings formed like the numeral four or the bats' numeral seven-shaped right wings.) By book's end, Owl's entire wingspan is made up of the numerals one through 10. MacDonald (Alphabatics) keeps her text spare, so the sheer inventiveness of her cut-paper illustrations takes center stage. Her Owl (whose stylized anatomy may remind children of puzzle pieces) swoops and soars through the full-bleed spreads, her wings taking on almost balletic aspects as she flies over moonlit fields and shimmering water and through the ever-changing night sky. Young audiences should have a fine time plumbing the subtle beauty and humor in MacDonald's richly textured landscapes. Ages 3-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-A young owl flies through the pages of this book and sees in the moonlit landscape a way to learn to count from 1 to 10. Each turn of the page reveals a group of animals whose shape matches the contour of a number: the curving tails of two mice form two 2s, the graceful silhouettes of five cranes form 5s, the bowed horns of the six big-horned sheep form 6s, and so on. The owl's body is created with a few brown-paper pieces in a simple mosaic. As each double-page spread introduces a new number, that number appears in a feathery row along her wings. Small children will enjoy looking for the pattern and relationship of shape to number. Each concept is shown reinforced several times: as a boldly colored numeral in one sentence, in order as the numbers are added in another, as a part of an animal, and in the owl's wings. Each number is also shown as a group of animals to count. The lines of the cut-paper and paint illustrations are simple enough so that what the owl sees can be seen clearly by children. As the numbers progress, the sky darkens, until the last page, which shows bright narcissus flowers holding 10 snails in the early morning light. This is an owlishly clever approach to counting and looking at number shapes, with plenty to talk about with children just learning to enumerate and to recognize numbers.-Kathie Meizner, Montgomery County Public Libraries, Chevy Chase, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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