One Hungry Heron (Hardcover)
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Candace Staff Pick: ( Recommended for 3-6 year olds) A wonderful picture book that has poetry, counting, science and much more is wonderfully illustrated. It tells the story of a pond and the creatures found there each described so artfully you imagine them coming to life on the pages. A great book that will have the kids asking to read it over and over again.— From Staff Picks for February 2015
Candace's Staff Pick, May 2015: This is a beautifully illustrated picture book that has poetry, counting, science and much more! It tells the story of a pond and the creatures found there. They are each described so artfully that you imagine them coming to life on the pages. A great book that will have the kids asking to read it over and over again.
— From May 2015 Staff Picks
One hungry heron, tall and still, crooks her leg and tips her bill.
Two drowsy catfish, way down deep, snuffle through the muck, then go to sleep.
Three darting dragonflies hover and dip. Whiz Pause Whiz Zoom Zoom Zip
The scene starts out quietly enough, but soon the lone heron is joined by two lazy catfish and three darting dragonflies. Before you can say ten tiny turtles, the pond is alive with a great array of wetland wildlife.
Told in clever rhyme, this is a counting book with a difference. Numbers are spelled out in bold text, decorated numerals adorn each page, and amounts are depicted by groupings of swimming, flapping, paddling, darting pond creatures. Up to ten and down again, the count goes forwards and backwards, as thunder rumbles in the background. Plip, plop, the rain begins and lightning flashes. Everything dives for shelter and stays hidden - until the sun comes out. Then life returns to the pond providing a delightful search and count last page.
Rarely is so much delivered in one spectacular counting book.
About the Author
Carolyn Beck is the critically acclaimed author of Dog Breath and Wellington's Rainy Day. She lives in Toronto. Karen Patkau is an award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children including Don't Eat Spiders, Python Play and One Watermelon Seed. She lives in Toronto.