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Count Me A Rhyme
Animal Poems by the Numbers
By Jane Yolen
Photographs by Jason Stemple

Publisher: Boyd Mills Pres
ISBN-10: 159078345X
ISBN (13 digit)/EAN: 978-1-59078-345-0
Retail Price: $17.95
Our Net Price:  $11.70 (35% discount)

Texas Library Association 2 x 2 Reading List
Young Hoosier Picture Book Award Nominee 2008-2009

Subjects / Categories:
Counting / Numbers
Nature / Animals


Pub: February 2006
Size: 9.0 x 9.75 inches
32 Pages

Front Inside Cover:

In this unique counting book of poetry, a follow-up to their critically acclaimed book, Color Me a Rhyme, celebrated writer Jane Yolen and photographer Jason Stemple create a delightful mix of poems and pictures that capture animals by the numbers. Vivid, playful poems tell the stories of one elk, two birds, three fish -- from one through ten and them many -- as they go about their day either solo or within a special circle of friends. Jason Stemple’s intimate photographs allow us to peek at some common creature that enjoy the company of others. 

About the Author - Jane Yolen:

Jane Yolen, called “the Hans Christian Anderson of America”, has received numerous awards for her children’s books, including the Regina Medal from the Catholic Library Association and the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for her body of work. She has written or edited more than fifteen books for Boyd Mills Press, including SkyCrape/City Scape: Poems of City Life, illustrated by Ken Condon, an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists. She lives in St. Andrews, Scotland, and Hatfield, Massachusetts.


"The breathtaking photographs depict nature's creatures from one to ten. Yolen's poetry imagines the animals' voices and perspectives. ...A beautiful tour of the natural world." — Publishers Weekly

"Mother-and-son team Yolen and Stemple follow up Color Me a Rhyme (2000) with this engaging counting book. ..Readers will enjoy counting the creatures that appear on each spread. Many, no doubt, will memorize the enchanting verse." —Kirkus Reviews

"A beautiful, readable companion to Color Me a Rhyme. ...Throughout, the poet's wry observations surprise and entertain. Stemple's vibrant, full-color photographs give readers much to study and absorb about each animal. ...The well-composed images provide a perfect complement to each poem. Roman numerals and words related to the featured number are included in the page design. A joyful collection of unusual animals, appealing poems, and excellent photographs." —School Library Journal

"This handsome number-themed book of poetry and photography looks to nature for inspiration. ...Some of the photographs are notable for their clarity, others for their subtlety, but all represent their subjects with sensitivity and finesse. A worthy companion to the author's Color Me a Rhyme."   —Booklist

"A good choice for the elementary school math curriculum." —Sample Horn Book Guide

"A good selection for teaching numbers or number concepts to little ones, but it would also be appropriate to encourage creative writing or art projects in older children." —Library Media Connection (Worthington, OH)


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