Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyLong outshadowed in the counting-book genre by their single-digit predecessors, numerals 10 through 20 get their day in the sun when 11 friendly-looking, swimsuit-clad bears turn a trip to the beach into a numbers game. Yektai (What's Missing) debuts as an illustrator in this clever exercise, which involves counting 13 towels, 15 sandwiches, 18 pails, etc. Each pair of numbers is introduced with a corresponding number of objects, followed by a double-page spread showing the objects in surfside context. Winsome and carefree watercolor (of course) illustrations have obvious kid appeal. Ages 3-5. (Mar.)
Children's LiteratureThis adorable counting book is unusual because it starts at 10 and ends at 20. It is a wordless book featuring pen and watercolor illustrations beginning with 10 beach umbrellas and 11 bears on the first double-page spread. The next two pages beckon the reader to find the umbrellas and bears in a beach scene. The book continues with 12 bags and 13 towels followed by another double-page with the entire cast with their umbrellas, bags and towels. The book continues to alternate pages of objects with the pages featuring the bears at play. Delightful illustrations keep the reader counting his way through the bears' day at the beach. But alas, nothing lasts forever and the bears pack up and leave their 20 magnificent sand castles to be washed away by the sea. In the classroom, this would be a wonderful counting book as well as a springboard for discussion in a thematic unit about summer. 2001 (orig. 1996), The Millbrook Press, $22.90 and $7.95. Ages 2 to 6. Reviewer: Julie Eick Granchelli
School Library JournalK-Gr 1A counting book for youngsters who need more practice with the numbers after 10. In this title, 11 bears spend a day at the beach, arriving with 10 umbrellas. The objects to be counted, arranged in rows for easy counting, and the numbers are followed by wordless double-page spreads of the bears' activities. There, the items-14 popsicles, 15 sandwiches, 16 shells, 17 fish, etc.- have been dispersed, making it a game to find and count them. In the case of the first 2 numbers, the 11 bears are shown setting up the umbrellas and swimming. The whimsical watercolor drawings are fun and realistic, portraying warm family scenes. A good selection for counting sections as well as useful for story times about the beach and summer.Marsha McGrath, Clearwater Public Library, FL
Julie CorsaroDoubling as an introduction to summertime fun, this lively counting book is unusual because it starts at 10 and ends at 20. Wordless, the book begins with 10 beach umbrellas and 11 bears in two clean, easy-to-count frames. Sprightly watercolor scenes of bearents, er . . . parents on the shore and kids in the water alternate with pages of objects such as pails and popsicles to count. Like many a satisfying summer day, this ends on a melancholy note. As the bears pack up to leave, their 20 magnificent sand castles are washed away by the sea. Pair this with "Counting Our Way to Maine" (1995), which also effectively combines setting and numbers.
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