Countdown to Spring!: An Animal Counting Book

Countdown to Spring!: An Animal Counting Book

by Janet Schulman, Meilo So
     
 

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What a wonderful way for preschoolers to practice counting and, at the same time, celebrate the coming of spring! From ten little ladybugs crawling all around the crocuses to one Easter basket brimful of carrots, corn, berries, and other treats for the animals, this book is a joy to share with a very young child. Meilo So’s inspired and deft watercolor paintings

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What a wonderful way for preschoolers to practice counting and, at the same time, celebrate the coming of spring! From ten little ladybugs crawling all around the crocuses to one Easter basket brimful of carrots, corn, berries, and other treats for the animals, this book is a joy to share with a very young child. Meilo So’s inspired and deft watercolor paintings of bunnies, chicks, ducklings, and other little woodland creatures set against a tapestry of flowers capture the very essence of spring.

This new sturdy board book edition is just right for toddlers who are starting to learn to count.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A pair of picture books make ideal introductions to spring or Easter basket treats. In Countdown to Spring! An Animal Counting Book by Janet Schulman, illus. by Meilo So, youngsters can count down from 10 to one as different animals frolic in the fields ("9 Butterflies. See them flutter by"). About the original, PW wrote, "The illustrations provide the sweetest treat; laid with luscious brush strokes, So's cheerful, delicate watercolors delight the eye." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
It is spring in the country at an old farmhouse. A couple of rabbits help announce that springtime is here, as they look at the house from a field of flowers. Will the animals be remembered on this special day? Ten ladybugs crawl all over the crocuses. Nine butterflies flutter by. Eight birds sing. Seven chicks waddle down a rake as they peep. Six ducklings paddle in the pond. Five mice scurry about the tulips. Four bunnies sniff the grass. Three squirrels are up in a tree. Two foxes creep past the irises. The happy animals find an Easter basket full of treats for them. Pleasantly light and airy watercolor paintings illustrate this ode to spring in the form of a board book. 2004, Alfred A Knopf, Ages 1 to 3.
—Kristin Harris
School Library Journal
PreS-K-It's spring and children are invited to count "10 Ladybugs crawling all around the crocuses.-9 Butterflies See them flutter by," and so on, counting down to one colorful Easter basket "filled with treats for all the animals." Softly rendered illustrations of the creatures and their surroundings bring the story to life with graceful energy and a sense of seasonal excitement, while providing clear examples of the numbers 1 to 10. On the final page, the wildlife is shown in a group, next to their corresponding numbers, allowing for visual comparison and reinforcement of the concept, as children are encouraged to "count them all again." The text tells a very simple story with just enough action to keep toddlers and preschoolers interested. A good choice for small group or one-on-one sharing.-Melinda Piehler, North Tonawanda Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Spare, bright brushstrokes capture the very essence of spring newly sprouting in a simple countdown from 10 ladybugs to "1 Easter Basket filled with treats for all the animals." So's (The Ugly Duckling, 2001, etc.) palette is spring-like without being pale-it has a musical sweetness, with each simply depicted creature expressive and lively among blossoms across a plain white background. Schulman's (You Read to Me and I'll Read to You, not reviewed, etc.) very brief text portrays each creature in vivacious spring activity (quacking, scurrying, creeping) and invites counting each one . . . and, at the end: " �Thank you!' said the happy animals. Now count them all again." A small gem. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375826955
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
01/13/2004
Edition description:
Board Book
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
6.63(w) x 5.38(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
1 - 4 Years

Meet the Author

Janet Schulman is the editor of The 20th-Century Children’s Book Treasury and You Read to Me & I’ll Read to You.

Meilo So is the award-winning illustrator of The 20th-Century Children’s Poetry Treasury, The Beauty of the Beast, Tasty Baby Belly Buttons, and It’s Simple, Said Simon.

From the Hardcover edition.

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