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Children's LiteratureIn this counting book, the reader must take the time not only to count but also to compare and subtract as well. In one illustration, a bowl contains apples and oranges. How many of each is there? How many more of one exists than the other? On the playground, how many more girls than boys are there? From the number of cars and trucks in the parking lot to how many pockets and buttons appear on coats in the school closet, the book asks questions about the world around us in mathematical terms readers can relate to. Although more than just a static one-to-ten counting book, there is no overarching plot line that might keep readers' interest through multiple readings. One particularly winning illustration is that of the blue and black birds depicted on the cover and on an inner spread. The author and the two-time Caldecott Honor winning artist have collaborated on two previous counting books—How Many Snails? and Each Orange had 8 Slices. 2005, Greenwillow/HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 4 up.
—Valerie O. Patterson