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One Watermelon Seed by Celia Lottridge

Rolling Readers Space Coast, Inc. Commentary:

Yum, yum, yum! Summertime is a great time to enjoy some watermelon! Full of nutrition and a great source of fluid for hydration during hot, humid, sunny days, watermelons are most delicious! For our summer (June-July) topic for STEM we are focusing on math. With many creative ways to teach and learn counting and number sequence, we selected One Watermelon Seed – written by Celia Lottridge and illustrated by Karen Patkau as our recommended ‘go to’ book to get started. It combines gardening and seasons of the year with counting, so does include some science, and its bright illustrations will capture a child’s attention throughout. Great for getting children ready for PreK or Kindergarten and as a practice book for children up to 2nd grade, or who are struggling with the concept of counting.


PreK (with support) to Gr2

From School Library Journal:

“Numbers, colors, and gardening are combined in this vividly illustrated counting book. The story starts as Max and Josephine plant a garden, first 1 watermelon seed, then 2 pumpkin seeds, and so on all the way to 10. The phrase, “and they grew” follows mention of each new set of seeds. The graphic-style illustrations depict the seedlings as they grow, with an occasional gardening glove, tool, watering can, or young hand inserted into the scenes. After a center spread with colorful plants filling the pages to capacity and Max and Josephine busy at work, it’s time for the harvest. The fruits and vegetables are so plentiful that they must be counted in tens: “ten watermelons, big and green, and twenty pumpkins, glowing orange.” The vibrant colors and close-up views of the produce make it look delicious and irresistible. Later, on a cold winter night, the children turn “one hundred ears of corn” into “100s and 1000s of big, white crunchy puffs” of popcorn. Throughout the book, the text runs along the bottom of the double-paged illustrations, with the numerals, in bright colors, lining up beneath. This appealing book is great for classroom counting and discussions of seasons. Pair it with Lois Ehlert’s Growing Vegetable Soup (Harcourt, 1987).”

–Jane Marino, Bronxville Public Library, NY. Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier, Inc.


“First published in 1986, One Watermelon Seed is a children’s counting book that teaches young people about the numbers one through ten – followed by the numbers ten through one hundred! Two children Max and Josephine count the many seeds, plants, and harvested crops in their garden; their efforts are brought to brilliant life with vibrant color illustrations and easy-to-follow text. Each two-page spread perfectly illustrates the number being taught in this wonderful staple children’s book, especially recommended for public library collections.”-Midwest Book Review

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With many books to choose from, we found these to be fun for Florida residents in particular – enjoy:


“Learning to count with Florida’s own counting book, Sunny Numbers, is lots of fun for the little ones…from 1 Old Lighthouse to 6 Lipizzan Horses to 8 Long-armed Octopi and so on. Carol Crane, author of S is for Sunshine: A Florida Alphabet, continues to explore Florida’s unique landscape, wildlife, history, and more with her counting rhymes and explanatory text. With beautifully detailed illustrations by Jane Monroe Donovan and many new Florida facts, students, teachers and parents will all enjoy Sunny Numbers. About the Author: Carol Crane advocates education through reading. She travels extensively and speaks at state reading conventions across the United States. Her thematic approach to learning has been widely accepted and successfully used by many reading teachers. Eight years ago, she founded “Bed, Breakfast and Books,” a summer institute for teachers and media specialists across the country. She lives with her husband, Conrad, in Bradenton, Florida. About the Illustrator: Jane Monroe Donovan enjoyed sketching as a child, and one of her best-loved gifts was a book of Norman Rockwell paintings given by her parents. She is a self-taught painter whose favorite subjects are people and nostalgic scenes. Jane and her husband, Bruce, live in Michigan with their two sons, Ryan and Joey.” – Grade 1-3 –

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Summary:  “Step up to the plate with this counting book about America’s favorite pastime. THE BASEBALL COUNTING BOOK is spring training for little sluggers. The count is zero to zero when the ump calls, “Play ball!” Nine innings later we’ve counted balls, strikes, players, fans, and more, all the way to twenty. No one strikes out with these fun rhymes. Little leaguers will find themselves counting their way through practice and pointing out all the new things they’ve learned about this great game when they watch the pro’s on TV or at the parks. Early readers will hit a home run with this charming counting book.” – PreK – Grade 3 –

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