1001 Animals to Spotby Gillian Doherty
Teeming with animals to find, count and talk about, this bright picture book provides hours of puzzle-solving fun. It also helps develop basic word and number skills The busy scenes bring to life different habitats from around the world.
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Full of pictures, this book is great on many levels. My son just turned two so we really just look at the pictures now without counting or trying to find everything. It is nice to get to see not only pictures of the animals common in childrens' books but also a few less common (e.g. the narwhal). I expect this book will hold a fun new challenge every year for my son with so many ways to look at it. Happily, some of the animals are a little challenging to find. Each page has about ten types of animals to find with one to ten of each type of animal. That's a lot of animals and there are extra animals on the pages as well. So there are probably fifty to one hundred animals on each page (some are butterflies and small birds etc.) Though most sets of animals are all in one location and pretty easy to spot, some groups are scattered around the page amoung the other animals. Since you know how many to find, one simply keeps looking for more until you have counted them all. They're not hidden, just scattered. When most of the book has finilly become easy for a child, it should still hold a few challenges. A great searching game for a young child and a counting game as well. I think we will enjoy this book for many years. In the future I will probably introduce new books of this series on plane trips.
I am teaching 6 and 7 year old ESL students. Both enjoy the pictures and easy to read the name of the animals. It builds their vocabulary/pronunciation.