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Animal 123

by Britta Teckentrup, Amelia Anderson
     
 

With a bold palette, striking graphics, and a bouncing menagerie of animals, this pair of uniquely formatted lift-the-flap books introduces young readers to the basic concepts of counting and patterns. Each is a boisterous, vivid trek of discovery, providing irresistible clues which encourage lifting the flap—a hands-on, educator-approved strategy of

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With a bold palette, striking graphics, and a bouncing menagerie of animals, this pair of uniquely formatted lift-the-flap books introduces young readers to the basic concepts of counting and patterns. Each is a boisterous, vivid trek of discovery, providing irresistible clues which encourage lifting the flap—a hands-on, educator-approved strategy of uncovering and learning concepts. Whether it's finding out just who's next in Animal 123, or exploring differently patterned creatures hiding in the habitats of Animal Spots and Stripes, these ultra-sturdy books provide not just an intriguing way to communicate essential building blocks of learning, but also offer an energetic playground of sheer delight.

Editorial Reviews

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"Bold visuals and playful arrangements" - The New York Times"

Two thumbs up. " - Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
This simple counting book has sturdy cardboard pages. Each number is a die cut fold-out revealing an additional creature. For example, for "1 wriggly snake," lifting the 1 reveals another snake, making "2 wriggly snakes." Lifting the 2 of "2 marching elephants," we find another, for "3 marching elephants." And so we go, past 3 tall giraffes, 4 swimming hippos, 5 creeping bears, 6 snowy swans, 7 playful penguins, 8 grinning snails, to 9 dancing dragonflies. A double fold takes us to 10 dancing dragonflies and an illustration containing all the creatures and numbers to count again. The digitally produced characters are recognizable and thoughtfully placed on the pages against different solid color backgrounds. The numbers have contrasting colors, are half a page in size, and are easy to fold over. There is no story; just some word play with light-hearted versions of the characters. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
Lifting flaps elevates this counting book above traditional fare. The large, die-cut flaps extend the visual layout as animals count up from one to 10. While the text simply describes each animal, the striking digital designs and the repetitive sequence shine. Each animal type appears twice, once with the number-shaped flap closed and again, plus one, when it opens: "3 tall giraffes / 4 tall giraffes // 4 swimming hippos / 5 swimming hippos." The second iteration of the text diminishes, like an echo, on the page. Each number-flap deftly conceals the additional animal until the flap is removed. A few animals peek out from behind the confines of their digit; the baby penguin hides behind the seven, and the bear creeps out from behind the five. The animals have surprisingly intent, googly eyes that give them a friendly air; even the "wriggly snake" looks approachable, with his smiling mouth and anthropomorphic eyes. Companion Animal Spots and Stripes shares the same large format, alternating between stripes and spots in a steady pattern as it builds. The seamless interactivity merits two thumbs up. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)
Pamela Paul
Teckentrup…uses bold visuals and playful arrangements that make uncovering each flap's hidden contents a worthwhile discovery.
—The New York Times

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452109930
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
02/22/2012
Series:
Templar Series
Pages:
20
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
2 - 4 Years

Meet the Author

Britta Teckentrup is the author and illustrator of more than a dozen books which have received numerous starred reviews. She lives in Berlin, Germany, with her husband and son.

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