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Ziefert, Harriet.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [2004]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 30 cm
Introduces counting and basic addition, as shown through activities that involve specific numbers of participants, such as a musical quartet and nine players on a Little League Team.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.4 0.5 77891.
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QA113 .Z56 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This zany counting book introduces a number of concepts from counting and basic addition to different words for quantities (a trio is made of three) to the number of participants required for certain activities (eleven are needed for a soccer team). Increasing numbers of rock-headed characters enjoy a variety of activities, each specific to the number on the page. Four rockheads play in a quartet, while five make a basketball team. Young readers are sure to enjoy keeping count and keeping up with these rockstars!

Author Notes

Harriet Ziefert is a children's author born in 1941 in New Jersey. She has written several hundred children's books, including the Little Hippo series. Ziefert and illustrator Emilie Bon have collaborated on a series of "Little Hippo" books, the first of which was published in 1988 by Viking Penguin. The books are written for children between 1 1/2 to 5 years-of-age. They are intended to help children deal with change, like the addition of a new baby to the family or moving to a new house.

Her titles include Little Hippo's New Baby, Little Hippo's New Friend, Little Hippo's New School and Grandpa, Will You Play With Me?

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

From the team behind Squarehead comes Rockheads by Harriet Ziefert, illus. by Todd McKie, a rhyming counting book featuring a cast of friends that expands to 12 ("Our cheerleading squad totals ten./ Can you guess which kid is Jen?"). Their heads, which perch upon flat, childlike illustrations drawn with heavy black outlines, are photographed rocks, with simple features painted in black and white. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-This rhymed counting book introduces numbers from 1 to 12, as well as other numerical terms, such as "trio," "quartet," and "dozen." Starting with one "kid," a new friend is added to the group with each turn of the page. Each of the spreads shows the youngsters engaged in a different kind of activity. At the end, readers are invited to find and count all of the pictures of each individual "Rockhead." The characters' heads are made from beach stones with glued-on rock noses and painted eyes and mouths. The rest of their bodies and background details are crudely drawn with bright colors in a cartoon style. Many of the faces are not smiling, creating a visual effect that the characters, although doing entertaining things like performing in a band or playing soccer, are not having much fun. For a more lighthearted counting book, check out Philip Yates's Ten Little Mummies (Viking, 2003).-Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.