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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Anniversary Edition…

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Anniversary Edition (original 1989; edition 2009)

by Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault, Lois Ehlert (Illustrator)

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Title:Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Anniversary Edition
Authors:Bill Martin Jr.
Other authors:John Archambault, Lois Ehlert (Illustrator)
Info:Beach Lane Books (2009), Edition: Anv, Hardcover, 40 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Poetry, Personal Library

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Jr. Bill Martin (1989)


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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is an alphabet picturebook intended for pre-k to 2nd grade. This picturebook utilizes rhyme and bright colors to teach children the order of the ABC's. All of the letters run up the tree and then fall out of the tree with a "chicka chicka boom boom." I loved Chicka Chicka Boom Boom as a child and now, as a future educator. I think as a book, it is very cute. I am not sure how helpful it is in the classroom to teach students the alphabet. I do believe, though, that this book can be used to incorporate literacy into subjects such as science or art. Students can explore if a coconut floats or sinks and they can recreate the coconut tree with foam letters. Students can also order the parts of the story (specific letters climbing up, specific letters falling down). Because of its broad nature, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom can be used in endless ways within lower elementary classrooms. For this reason, I would recommend this book to educators and parents, if they plan to enrich the child's experience of the book. ( )
  msheiv1 | Feb 11, 2019 |
The classic alphabet tale is sure to delight young readers and give adults a chuckle. ( )
  bwheatley | Jan 22, 2019 |
The book begins with the letter A telling the letter B and B telling the letter C to meet at the top of the coconut tree."The letters, in alphabetical order, begin to climb the tree. But the more and more letters that climb into the tree, the more the tree bends and eventually the tree falls because there are so many letters in it. At the end of the book, one of the letters wants to climb again.

This is a great book for children to learn more about rhyming! It is such a simple story but it is still super fun and contagious for young readers especially. ( )
  KailiMarion | Dec 9, 2018 |
There is not much to the book other than a really good resource for children to practice their alphabet. ( )
  JennySkvarna | Dec 3, 2018 |
This is a story about the letters in the alphabet and their journey up a tree. This story would be great for teaching the letters of the alphabet, repetition and rhyming. ( )
  BreeRud | Dec 3, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Martin, Bill, Jr.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Archambault, Johnmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Ehlert, LoisIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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For Arie Alexander Archambault, new baby boom boom - JA
For Libby and Liza, Helen and Morris - LE
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A told B, and B told C, " I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree."
"Whee!" said D
to E F G,
"I'll beat you to the top
of the coconut tree."

A told B, / and B told C, “I’ll meet you at the top / of the coconut tree.”
Chicka chicka boom boom! / Will there be enough room?
Skit skat skoodle doot. / Flip flop flee. / Everybody running to the coconut tree.
Look who's coming! It's black-eyed P, Q R S, and loose-tooth T.
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A great alphabet book with a great beat to it. The rhythm, antics and repetitive refrain draws in the reader. A cute first introduction to upper and lower case letters.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 068983568X, Paperback)

The 26 characters in this rhythmic, rhyming baby book are a lowercase alphabet with attitude. "A told b, and b told c, 'I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree'"--which probably seemed like a good idea until the other 23 members of the gang decided to follow suit. Lois Ehlert's chunky block illustrations show the luxuriant green palm standing straight and tall on the first page, but it begins to groan and bend under its alphabetical burden. First the coconuts fall off, then ("Chicka chicka... BOOM! BOOM!") all the letters also end up in a big heap underneath. A very simple board-book version stops there, but this original text goes on to introduce the helping hands of the 26 uppercase "mamas and papas and uncles and aunts." (Baby to preschool) --Richard Farr

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When all the letters of the alphabet race on another up the coconut tree, will there be enough room?

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