Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Let’s Count It Out, Jesse Bear

book cover of Let's Count it Out, Jesse BearTitle: Let’s Count It Out, Jesse Bear

Written by: Nancy White Carlstrom

Illustrated by: Bruce Degen

Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, fiction, 1996

Theme: Counting Numbers 1 through 20, Humor, Rhyming.

Appropriate for: Preschool through first grade

Resources: The obvious learning tool one would suspect from this book is learning how to count one through twenty. The humor in this book and the giggles found here make learning to count painless and fun.  I found a resource on another blog for learning how to count, scroll on down to the craft :  for a daisy chain necklace. A little one can learn to count to thirty using this craft with a parents or teachers help. Here is a list of other Jesse Bear books.

Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?

Better Not Get Wet, Jesse Bear

It’s About Time, Jesse Bear, and Other Rhymes

How Do You Say It Today, Jesse Bear?

Happy Birthday, Jesse Bear

Let’s Count It Out, Jesse Bear

What a scare, Jesse Bear

Where is Christmas, Jesse Bear?

Guess Who’s Coming, Jesse Bear

Climb the Family Tree, Jesse Bear 

First Sentence: It started out a tickle, Deep down inside of me; it turned into a giggle and came out a Ha! Ha! Hee!

What the jacket says: Jesse Bear is off on a rollicking trip to an amusement Park—and he’s counting on you to join him! Everyone’s favorite bear is at it again, showing off new shoes, bumping in bumper cars, and –oops!—even getting a few bumps and scratches of his own. Nancy White Carlstrom’s fanciful counting poems and Bruce Degen’s bright, cheery illustrations make Let’s Count It Out, Jesse Bear, the sixth in the Jesse Bear series, a guaranteed hit for read-aloud sessions. This rhyming, rambling jaunt will have readers counting, and chuckling, in no time!

Why I love it: Kids ages three through seven are sure to get the humor in this old-time favorite as Jesse Bear counts out the numbers one through twenty in perfect rhyme. Kids and adults alike enjoy the rhythm of each poem of numbers and the cheerful, happy story that goes with it.  Bruce Degen out does himself painting the illustrations in a vision that tells another story beside the text.(I know I often say that but creating another whole story that supports the original is tough and the hallmark of a good illustrator.And makes for exceptional picture books.)

For more books with resources please visit Perfect Picture Books at Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog. Or if you want to wisk on over to the resource page and see lots of other recommended books just click the Perfect Picture Book Badge on the right.

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21 Responses to Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Let’s Count It Out, Jesse Bear

  1. Oh, we had Jesse Bear What WIll You Wear and loved it! I didn’t even know there were all these other books! How fun! This one sounds like a great one. Thanks so much for sharing it with us, Clar 🙂


  2. I know I say this a lot on PPBF, but this one sounds perfect for my little guy. We’re counting things around the house. I’ll check it out.


  3. What a list of Jesse books! They sound like so much fun! Plus I absolutely love rhyming books.


  4. Joanna says:

    This sounds like a whole lot of fun for parents and little ones!


  5. Rhyming & counting -love it. I’ve never heard of Jessie Bear. These books look adorable. Thanks for sharing Clarike.

    p.s. I hope I was able to answer your question you left on my page early 🙂


    • clarbojahn says:

      I’ll go back and check. Thanks for replying.
      I hadn’t heard of Jesse Bear till this one either. It was highlighted in my library so I thought I’d take a look.
      And I’m glad I did. 🙂


  6. You pick wonderful books, Clar. This really sounds like a lot of fun for kids and helps them to count at the same time. Not familiar with the series at all, so I appreciated your sharing the titles. Lots of wonderful animal books today.


    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Patricia. I appreciate that wonderful compliment. Not to give tit for tat but you pick wonderful titles, too. I love reading your site.

      I’ve been busy with a new critique group today and haven’t gone through the linky list yet but hope to do more tomorrow. I usually love all the sharing.


  7. Julie says:

    Both of my kids loved the Jesse Bear books when they were little. Great choice!


  8. Loved this. Never heard of the Jessie books so grateful that you shared them with us. So colourful and cheerful. Thankyou Clar.


  9. I think rhymes help me remember things so I think this can really help kids learn their numbers! Great pick!


    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Erik. Yes, I agree. Counting with rhymes is like adding a mnemonics to the cranial nerves to memorize them. ( there are others but I can’t remember them. Lol.) 🙂


  10. Margot Finke says:

    Jesse Bear sounds like my kinda book. Rhyming books always draw me in. My young grand-kids would love this one. Best of luck with it Nancy. Bears rule!!

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  11. Clar…can’t believe I am just getting around to reading some of the PPBF selections…good thing I read your post with Stacy talking about social media…I definitely have to cut I can do the stuff that is more important to me…like reading the PPBF entries and writing my own picture books. 😦

    This is a great choice…the illustrations are perfect…and I love the counting and rhyme. 🙂


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