Children's LiteratureThere are no surprises in this counting book; Blue is his friendly-faced self, the accompanying animals are pastel-colored and cute, and the reader gets to count to five. Though Silverhardt's book does not offer great innovations in the canon of counting book texts, she does follow the general tone of the Blue's Clues television program. Children will appreciate this book and enjoy counting along, provided that they enjoy the program. Ziegler does a nice job of making the text appealing to children, by describing the animals in the diminutive case, thus emphasizing their smallness and cuteness as well as creating some internal rhyme. While children who love Blue will be very happy with the book, parents may find teaching the notation of the numbers difficult due to the book's design. Yammer has used the numbers one through five as a pastel background behind the book's text. The partial obstruction of the numbers may make them harder to recognize for less visually-savvy readers. Despite this potential problem, this title will be a welcome addition to the libraries of the cartoon dog's Spanish-speaking fans. This book is part of the "Pistas de Blue" series. 2005 (orig. 2001), Simon & Schuster Libros para nios, Ages 6 mo. to 5.