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Ten Zany Birds


Ten zany birds have a party in a tree, singing and dancing. Five have stripes, three have spots, and one has purple polka dots. They're all having fun, but one by one, they become distracted.

One is frightened by a loud plane. One gets hungry. One wants to race and another needs a bath. Only one stays to sing in the tree, but who will it be?

Ten Zany Birds is a fun, beautifully illustrated picture book. As parents and teachers read, children are introduced to counting and basic subtraction skills. Whenever a bird leaves, the number of striped, spotted, and polka-dotted birds changes, teaching the application of simple classification rules.

Whimsical and entertaining, Sherry Ellis's tale of ten silly, distractible little birds is an excellent choice for both pre-reader storybook time and early readers.



- The story is fun with its repeated rhythms, verses, and colorful intrusions to the zany bird party. The illustrations are superb, and the wonderful aspect for children (well, one of the wonderful aspects!) is the fact that by reading the story, they have learned mathematics. Excellent on every level. - Five Star Review, Grady Harp, Author

- Not only does it help kids understand counting, it also teaches them about simple subtraction, colors, and classifying. With its rhyming patterns and predictable story structure, Ten Zany Birds is a fun read-aloud for pre-readers and a great read-along for beginning readers. - Five Star Review, Diana Jenkins, Author

-The story is cute and the amazing illustrations are vibrant. I can see children and their parents picking this up repeatedly for a reread. -Medeia Sharif, Author 

Paperback, 44 pages


2015 Finalist Children's Educational category USA Best Book Awards

2016 Honorable Mention Educational category Purple Dragonfly Book Awards

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