Sherry Ellis WOI November '15 Tour

About the Book: 

Ten zany birds have a party in a tree, singing and dancing. Five have stripes, three have spots, and one has purple polka dots. They’re all having fun, but one by one, they become distracted.

One is frightened by a loud plane. One gets hungry. One wants to race and another needs a bath. Only one stays to sing in the tree, but who will it be?

Ten Zany Birds is a fun, beautifully illustrated picture book. As parents and teachers read, children are introduced to counting and basic subtraction skills. Whenever a bird leaves, the number of striped, spotted, and polka-dotted birds changes, teaching the application of simple classification rules.

Whimsical and entertaining, Sherry Ellis’s tale of ten silly, distractible little birds is an excellent choice for both prereader storybook time and early readers.   

Editorial Reviews

"Full of exceptional humor and rhyme, Ten Zany Birds is a wonderful story that offers children the chance to pay attention to detail, all while learning the mechanisms of counting and basic math in a fun, amusing way." - Apex Reviews

"Ten Zany Birds" is a lavishly colorful number songbook featuring imaginary birds of fantastic rainbow hues, beautifully portrayed in bright water color pages of illustrations. The song of the "Ten Zany Birds" is in a familiar limerick -like format: "Ten Zany birds/ singing in a tree, dance at a party, happy as can be. Five with stripes, Four with spots, One with purple polka dots. A big bumblebee wants to come and play, but zooms when a black bird chases it away." The carefree, happy-go-lucky zany birds are perfectly captured in the painstakingly silly illustrations. Each bug, web, leaf, twig, and berry is as carefully drawn and painted as the unlikely, goofy striped breast feathers of the ten zany birds. "Ten Zany Birds" is a perfect counting, and basic subtracting skills teacher for young readers, as well as underlining concepts of classification rules. Plus the whimsical songs, rhymes, pictures, and lyrics are just fun and so unforgettable. "Ten Zany Birds" is a one of a kind counting songbook that also feels familiar. It is destined to be read and loved by many happy children.  ~Midwest Book Review

  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 16, 2015)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1497404588
  • Paperback $12.99
  • eBook $2.99

Available at, B&N, local bookstores and libraries. 


Sherry Ellis was born in 1971 in Parma, Ohio. She is children's author and professional musician who plays and teaches violin, viola, and piano. That Baby Woke Me Up, AGAIN is her first published book. Her second, That Mama is a Grouch, was honored as a finalist in both the 2010 USA Book News Awards, and the 2011 International Book Awards. It also was awarded first place in the parenting category of the 2011 Pinnacle Book Awards, first place in the Family Matters category of the 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, and was the recipient of the silver award in the 2013 Mom's Choice Awards. Sherry enjoys hiking, running, and SCUBA diving in addition to reading, writing, and playing her instruments. She lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia.

You can learn more about Sherry Ellis at her website,