Bat Jamboree by Kathi Appelt

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The Bat Jamboree was held early this year, at the old drive-in movie not too far from here. It was standing room only as the houselights went down. The spotlight came up -- there wasn't a sound! Then: 1 bat sang.2 bats flapped. 3 bats cha-cha-ed4 bats tapped.

Every year a troupe of 55 buoyant bats comes up with 10 fabulous acts to entertain and instruct an enthusiatic audience. And every year the bats top themselves when they perform the grandest finale of all . . .

With its exuberant text and enchanting illustrations, Bat Jamboree is both a counting book and a thrilling theatrical event.


About Kathi Appelt

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KATHI APPELT is the author of many acclaimed picture books, including Bubba and Beau, Best Friends, illustrated by Arthur Howard; Oh My Baby, Little One, illustrated by Jane Dyer, a Parents' Choice Recommended Book; and Merry Christmas, Merry Crow, illustrated by Jon Goodell. She lives with her family in College Station, Texas.>-->? Melissa Sweet is the illustrator of many fine children's books. Reviewers have described her unique mixed-media illustrations as "exuberant," "outstanding," and "a creative delight." Melissa lives on the beautiful coast of Maine. In addition to writing and painting, she enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. And even though Melissa is 357 dog years old, she still loves walking her two dogs, Rufus and Nelle. For more information about the author and her work, visit
Published August 1, 1996 by HarperCollins Publishers. 24 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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""Then.../ 1 bat sang./ 2 bats flapped./ 3 bats cha-cha-ed./ 4 bats tapped,"" until 10 teams of talented chiropterans appear.

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In this rhyming counting book, a crew of performing bats entertain a crowd.

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