Apple Countdown

Field trip today—to the apple farm!  Count 20 name tags, 19 kids on the bus, 18 miles to the farm.  There are 14 cows and 13 ducks (10 white and 3 black), and 12 rows of apple trees.  Count the apples in your sack, count 3 pies to eat (divided into 20 pieces), and all too soon it’s 2 o’clock, time to go!  But wait—Lee has a number 1 surprise. Joan Holub’s creative countdown, from 20 to 1, includes grouping and simple addition. Her multicultural students enjoy all that the apple farm has to offer, from counting the cows and ducks to picking different varieties of apples. The endpapers of this cheerful book are filled with apple facts.

  • 32 Pages
  • 10.75" x 8.5"
  • 9780807503980
  • March 2009

Buy from Albert Whitman

  • 32 Pages
  • 10.75" x 8.5"
  • 9780807504000
  • September 2018

Buy from Albert Whitman

  • 9780807592304
  • March 2015

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  • The vibrant watercolor illustrations are dominated by primary colors, and the excitement shows on the smiling faces of the students as they count 14 cows, 13 ducks, and 12 rows of trees. Readers will be counting right along with them and will also enjoy the facts on the endpapers.

    - School Library Journal

  • The rhyming text and cheery illustrations invite audience participation in counting objects.

    - The Horn Book Guide

  • The illustrations’ use of clean, bright colors and the descriptive clothing and accessories give each child a distinct personality while also echoing the organic shape and the solid, bold color of apples…This book would be fun to use in elementary counting lessons or as an aid for learning basic math, botany, and agribusiness facts in pre-school or early elementary classrooms.

    - Children's Literature


Jan Smith

Common Core

RI.K.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 RI.1.1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9,10 RF.K.2a M.K.CC.B.4


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.50
  • ATOS Level: 1.50