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Children's LiteraturePart of the popular "MathStart" series, this Level 1 picture book is aimed at the youngest mathematicians, and its aim is to teach sorting skills while enjoying a good story. Here, three little firefighters are getting ready for the big parade. But, uh-oh! Their firefighter coats are missing all the buttons. They search the firehouse and find 12 buttons, which they sort into three sets of four in various ways: by shape, size, color, and so forth-with some help from Ink Spot, the firehouse dog. Eventually, they come up with a set of buttons that will keep each of their coats closed and their belly buttons unexposed, just in time to join the parade. Kids will enjoy learning sorting skills while enjoying Bernice Lum's illustrations. The book includes additional learning activities that parents can use with the book as well as other sorting activities they can share with their child. 2003, HarperTrophy/HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 3 to 6.
— Dianne Ochiltree