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The beloved counting-themed companion to the bestselling Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is now available as a Classic Board Book!

1 told 2
and 2 told 3,
“I'll race you to the top of the apple tree.”

One hundred and one numbers climb the apple tree in this bright, rollicking, joyous rhyme, now available as a Classic Board Book. As the numerals pile up and bumblebees threaten, what’s the number that saves the day? (Hint: It rhymes with “hero.”) Young children can read and count and play and laugh to learn the surprising answer.

Bill Martin, Jr. (1916–2004) has been called “America’s favorite children’s author.” He wrote more than 300 books for children, including the classic texts Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, illustrated by Eric Carle; and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, illustrated by Lois Ehlert.

Michael Sampson is a New York Times bestselling author of twenty-two books for young children, including Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 and The Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry. He and Bill Martin Jr wrote many popular books together, including Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? and Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? Michael Sampson lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Photograph © Lillian Schultz

Lois Ehlert has created numerous inventive, celebrated, and bestselling picture books, including Chicka Chicka Boom BoomHoley Moley, The Scraps BookMiceTen Little CaterpillarsRRRalphLots of SpotsBoo to You!Leaf ManWaiting for WingsPlanting a RainbowGrowing Vegetable Soup, and Color Zoo, which received a Caldecott Honor. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award
  • Parenting Magazine's Best Books of the Year
  • Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award Nominee (KS)

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