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Found Dogs

 

Found Dogs
by Erica Sirotich
Dial Books for Young Readers

A counting book and a book about adopting pound dogs.  This clever story using simple rhymes to count up to ten dogs, then counts from ten to one, as the dogs leave for new homes.  Ever so clever, ever so perfect for young readers.  It can be read to the youngest, and read by those learning to read.  Author/illustrator Erica Sirotich matches dogs with new owners where spotted dogs go to firehouse workers and quick and thin dogs go to ballerinas.

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Bear and Hare, Where’s Bear?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bear and Hare, Where’s Bear?
by Emily Gravett
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2014

Bear and Hare play hide and seek, but bear isn’t so good at the hiding part, and Hare is great at the finding part.  So Hare hides.  But bear isn’t so good at the seeking part either and, looking for Hare, he crawls under a blanket.  Readers can see it’s the same blanket under which Hare is hiding.  Neither Bear nor Hare knows the other is also under the same blanket.  Humor the youngest can shout out warning the characters.  Find out how Bear and Hare finally find each other.  This book has thick, heavy pages great to feel and hold up to a young one’s turning.  The extra bonus to Bear & Hare is that Hare counts to ten three times, introducing the youngest to numbers and counting.

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One Happy Tiger

One Happy Tiger
by Catherine Rayner
Tiger Tales, 2017

A hard-bound, toddler-proof, beautifully illustrated counting book featuring a happy-to-be-alive tiger.  It’s so perfect, your toddler will want to carry it around and read it again and again.

The book begins with “One sad tiger sitting alone.”  Then the tiger meets two friends, “One thoughtful tiger and two bright bugs.”  As the tiger meets new friends or explores new items, we explore his feelings as we count to ten.  Award-winning artist Catherine Rayner’s illustrations capture the heart.  They are simple, relaxing on the eyes, and somehow exquisite. The tiger is friendly-looking and happy to meet and greet the world.  The book gently introduces insects, birds, feelings, and numbers.

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Swallow the Leader, A Counting Book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Swallow the Leader, A Counting Book

by Danna Smith, illustrated by Kevin Sherry
by Clarion Books, 2016

In perfect rhyme we follow the leader, swimming into coral caves, riding waves, flapping like a ray, and puffing like a blowfish.  But as the school of fish grows, the reader watches a shark swim nearby and become fish number ten!  Suddenly the game turns into “Swallow the Leader”…but don’t despair, the surprise ending will delight children into peals of laughter!  They’ll want to read it again and again.

Big, bold colorful fish swim through watercolor backgrounds making this a visual delight—an opportunity to practice both numbers and colors!

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10 Little Ninjas

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10 Little Ninjas

by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Nate Wragg
Alfred A. Knopf, 2016

A counting book, a playful rhyme, a new imaginative scene on every page, a few new words introduced, bright colors, parents who love their children and fun on every page—a recipe for a perfectly fun read!

Ten children sneak out of bed for a little fun.  First they pretend they are ninjas, then they take a trip in outer space as astronauts, then they race around the track and one by one the children begin to return to bed—sort of.  Action lives on every page until all the children are finally in bed and asleep.  With 10 lively imaginations, every reader is bound to find their favorite dream in the book.

Illustrator Nate Wragg dramatized Miranda Paul’s perfectly rhymed story into a perfect read aloud.

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Two Mice

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Two Mice 
by Sergio Ruzzier
Clarion Books, 2015

Created for toddlers, Two Mice features two mischievous friends who set out for a full day of adventures.  Bouncing along, they discover boats and take one out for a ride.  One of the mice cleverly tricks the other to do the rowing!  They shipwreck!  But survive, until they are captured by an eagle and taken to her babies as food!  But, ever so clever, they escape.  All ends well and they return home.  Author/illustrator, Sergio Ruzzier sprinkles humor throughout the story in both words and illustrations.  Fun, freedom-seeking illustrations are beautifully done in pen and ink with soft pastels.

The beauty of this book for toddlers is that it introduces counting!  Up to three and back again! The book is small, a mere about 6”x7”, that fits perfectly in a toddler’s hands.  Two Mice is a great vehicle to encourage the child to tell the story in their own words.

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Tracks Count/ A guide to Counting Animal Prints

Tracks Count/ A guide to Counting Animal Prints
by Steve Engel, illustrated by Alexander Petersen
Craigmore Creations, 2014

While it’s sold as a counting book—which it is—Tracks Count is so much more.  Each number, beginning with zero, includes a few educational words about a different animal, 1-4 short sentences early readers can practice reading on their own, and a richly rendered illustration of the animals belonging to the foot prints.  My favorite is the five baby raccoons peering out from a tree hollow—irresistible.  It would be easy for a young reader to want to read/hear the story several times to spend time with the young animals.

While the book includes animals one would expect, like bears and wolves, it also introduces readers to lesser known animals like the tapir and coatimundi.  The book includes an introduction, for the adults; a two-page spread showing the numbers 1-10 with their foot prints—for the kids; and a short description of each of the animals featured.  The book can easily be used as a reference book.

A perfect book for early counters, children will have fun counting all the toes, claws and hooves of the animals—there’s a lot of counting going on in this book!

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