K-Gr 2-- This rhyming counting book about the sea is too dense to use as an introduction to numbers, and at times seems to get caught up in its own tongue-twisting technique. There's no game involved--such as finding a number of objects or watching the numerals bend or become something else. The point is to square the number: ``8 `octos' on the ocean floor/ Have scrambled legs, 64.'' The full-color illustrations are realistic , but they don't add much feeling of animation or movement. Older children may find the math presentation a nice change of pace, but as a picture book, this is a bit ambitious. --Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Buffalo, NY
JOY N.HULME has 1 +2 +2 +3 +3 +5 +5 +8 +13 children, grand-children, and great-grandchildren. For years, teachers everywhere have praised her math books. Joy lives in Monte Sereno, California.
CAROL SCHWARTZ has received many honors for her illustrations. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two children.