This delightful counting book features photographs of children with Down Syndrome. All children make connections when they identify with the subjects in a book. The joyful pictures can bring a smile to each reader's face. 2001, Albert Whitman & Company, $14.95. Ages 3 mo. to 8. Reviewer: S. Kleven SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
School Library Journal - School Library JournalPreS-Gr 1-This simple counting book is composed of photographs of children with Down's syndrome holding or touching easily identifiable objects such as toy boats, dogs, ducks, books, and foods. The youngsters, ranging in age from 4 to 10 and from different ethnic backgrounds, are shown alone or with another child, smiling broadly. The bright colors of the items and clothing show up well against the white pages. However, the numerals, while highlighted with colorful backgrounds, may be too small for group sharing. Although the book will be most useful as an introduction to the concept, it also clearly makes the point that children with Down's syndrome enjoy the same playthings and activities as other youngsters.-Margaret C. Howell, West Springfield Elementary School, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus ReviewsIn a companion title to A B C for You and Me (2000), the author and photographer present appealing full-color photographs of children with Down syndrome, accompanied by an array of familiar objects and inviting the viewer to count from one to twenty. Bears, boats, cars, candles, and balloons are shown with a child or two. Children from preschool to early teens, include boys and girls, white, African-American, and Asian. Each photograph is carefully composed to show a child, the objects to be counted, the name of the object, the number as numeral appearing in a colored circle, and the number written as a word. The white background on each page makes it easy for the viewer to focus on the child, objects, and numbers and may make it easier for some to learn the concepts. The last page provides a review as the numbers from one to twenty appear with the appropriate number of dots to count. Though catalogued as 628.9, this title will reach a wider audience if shelved with picture or concept books. A useful and attractive counting book that will appeal to general populations and special-needs children as well. (Nonfiction. 4-8)
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