Numbers are fun, and reciting rhymes is a natural way for children to pick up number words and enjoy using them. This entertaining collection of rhymes teaches ways to count while familiarizing young readers with numbers beyond ten. From "Five Little Monkeys" and "Ten in a Bed" to "One, two, buckle my shoe" and "One hundred bees round a hive," these rhymes provide a rich range of enjoyable opportunities that encourage readers to practice numbers. Adults benefit from an introduction that discusses ways of ...
Numbers are fun, and reciting rhymes is a natural way for children to pick up number words and enjoy using them. This entertaining collection of rhymes teaches ways to count while familiarizing young readers with numbers beyond ten. From "Five Little Monkeys" and "Ten in a Bed" to "One, two, buckle my shoe" and "One hundred bees round a hive," these rhymes provide a rich range of enjoyable opportunities that encourage readers to practice numbers. Adults benefit from an introduction that discusses ways of teaching little ones to count and use numbers beyond ten. Collected by a highly reputable early years educationalist with the clear aim of developing early number skills, these rhymes are vividly illustrated by an exciting new talent in children's picture books.
The bright yellow cover and monkeys with paint in their hands sets the stage for a lively presentation of learning numbers. Among the thirteen rhymes in the book are several well known verses, such as "10 in the Bed," and "Twelve Fat Sausages Sizzling in the Pan." The monkeys are active throughout the book in several other rhymes, such as "Five little monkeys walked along the shore" and "Twelve little monkeys came out to play." The last rhyme encourages simple arithmetic. Young detectives can look for the rhymes represented by the framed pictures on the last page. There is both a table of contents and an index of first lines. Rhymes are divided by subject. In "Crack the codes," the first page in the book, the author offers clues for understanding how numbers larger than twelve are named. It is much too difficult for a preschooler, but older children who are having difficulty remembering what number comes next just might be helped by this, especially if a parent is explaining it. Many interesting details in the busy (but not too busy) illustrations will keep young readers engaged. Children will be entertained, educated, and amused as parents, teachers, and librarians discover some new number rhymes to recite with them. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—In this companion to Number Rhymes to Say and Play! (Frances Lincoln, 2004), Dunn has chosen rhymes that vary in complexity from simple counting rhymes ("Mosquito one, mosquito two...") to counting backwards "There were ten in the bed…") to counting by tens ("One hundred honey bees...") and doubling, ("One and one are 2,...2 and 2 are 4...."). The organizational scheme graduates from easy to most difficult. The initial introductory page explains in a rather complicated way how to crack the vocabulary code of numbers by remembering such things as "Thir means 3 so thirteen means 3 and 10." Colorful cartoonlike drawings, rendered in pen-and-ink, decorate the pages and endpapers, but many do not clarify the verses. This book lacks significant general appeal when compared to one with charm such as J. Patrick Lewis's Arithme-tickle: An Even Number of Odd Riddle-Rhymes (Harcourt, 2002).—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Thirteen rhymes invite readers to explore numbers and counting, three addressing the teens and one the tens. These cover counting to 20, doubling up to a sum of 24, counting down by ones from 12, counting down by twos from as high as 20 and counting down by tens from 100. Repetition is the name of the game, and youngsters will either learn their numbers or lose interest. Bright colors and quirky characters fill Shaw's pen-and-ink illustrations, which also include scanned textures. While the author provides a "key" for deciphering numbers greater than 20 ("teen means 10...[and] ty means lots of 10"), indicating a school-age audience, there are also a few rhymes that are preschool favorites, leading to a disconnect as to the target age of this volume. A murky note will leave readers wondering about the provenance of the rhymes, some of which are traditional and some, perhaps, not. Falling well short of its title, this collection just does not add up to the fun and learning of Dunn's previous Number Rhymes to Say and Play. (table of contents, index of first lines) (Nursery rhymes. 3-5)