Fish, Swish! Splash, Dash!: Counting Round and Round

Overview

Count up from 1 to 10.... turn

the book around, and then count down.

It's two books in one!

Children will learn to count from one to ten with this inventive, entertaining novelty book from Caldecott Honor winner Suse MacDonald! As the die-cut pages are turned, they create a lively, vibrant scene. And when little ones reach the end of the book, they'll find that they can flip ...

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Overview

Count up from 1 to 10.... turn

the book around, and then count down.

It's two books in one!

Children will learn to count from one to ten with this inventive, entertaining novelty book from Caldecott Honor winner Suse MacDonald! As the die-cut pages are turned, they create a lively, vibrant scene. And when little ones reach the end of the book, they'll find that they can flip it around and then count down—from ten to one!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Counting from one to ten is a very popular topic in board and picture books. The challenge is to make it interesting and different from all the other books available. Suse MacDonald has created a book that counts sea creatures, but what is unique are her layered cutouts. The fish are shapes with not a lot of details, but as the pages are turned the underlying cut outs that are revealed create new images. For example, the stripes on the bodies of the two fish are part of the bodies on the next page showing three fish. As the book counts up to ten, kids are advised to turn the book around and then they start counting down from ten to one. It is circular so the counting exercise can go on as long as one would like. It is a delightful book and one that kids should really enjoy. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2
Vivid hues, clean visual elements, and simple language combine to create a successful and eye-catching concept book. The rhyming text begins: "Follow the leader/and count with me/the fish that live/beneath the sea . . . ." Sturdy pages with see-through die-cuts depict an increasing number of colorful aquatic species on each successive spread. When youngsters reach the book's end ("here come 10 . . . "), they are invited to "Follow the leader and do it again!" (the phrase is printed across the page bottom and curves up the right-hand margin, making it natural for readers to rotate the book and hold it upside down). The same pictures in reverse order count down from "Ten fish" to "One fish left," where the volume can be turned once more to start all over again. MacDonald's "round and round" design works well, especially since the underwater illustrations can be viewed from either direction. The layouts are varied, with an appealing mix of shapes and colors. A fun book for beginning counters that will be enjoyed again and again.
—Joy FleishhackerCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
The clever construction of this counting book guarantees a repeat audience: After counting up to ten, readers turn the book upside down and count back down to one, where they can begin yet again. The rhyming text is spare, keeping the focus on the counting (both numerals and word names are used), but invigorating enough to mimic the splashy action of the fish. The real draw for children, though, will be the illustrations. Ingenious fish-shaped cutouts in each page overlap to create uniquely colored and patterned fish. So unique in fact that reversing the stack to read it again results in completely different fish. Eyes and stripes are disguised within pages as bubbles and seaweed, and the brilliant colors will hold the attention of even those youngest readers who cannot yet count. Thick cardboard pages ensure that this will withstand a lot of use, thereby making it a good choice for libraries looking to expand their counting-book collection. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416936053
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 6/26/2007
  • Pages: 30
  • Sales rank: 1,465,198
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Suse MacDonald published her first book, Alphabatics, for Simon & Schuster in 1986. This book won a Caldecott Honor in 1987, kicking off a prolific and successful career. Suse continues to write and illustrate books for children, including Fish, Swish! Splash, Dash!: Counting Round and Round, Alphabet Animals: A Slide and Peek Adventure, and Dino Shapes. Suse loves to work in her studio and finds pleasure in encouraging readers to make their own artistic discoveries. Suse lives in Arvada, Colorado, with her husband, Stuart.

Suse MacDonald published her first book, Alphabatics, for Simon & Schuster in 1986. This book won a Caldecott Honor in 1987, kicking off a prolific and successful career. Suse continues to write and illustrate books for children, including Fish, Swish! Splash, Dash!: Counting Round and Round, Alphabet Animals: A Slide and Peek Adventure, and Dino Shapes. Suse loves to work in her studio and finds pleasure in encouraging readers to make their own artistic discoveries. Suse lives in Arvada, Colorado, with her husband, Stuart.

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  • Posted October 28, 2009

    A beautifuly done book

    This book about counting with fish is full of bright colors and creative illustrations. You can read this book over and over, and my 2 year old daughter loves to do just that. Great for learning counting and ryhming. Definitely a unigue and worth-the-buy book.

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