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Children's LiteraturePracticing counting by tens is fun when it is embedded in a brief, simply told tale of a day on the beach. Toes are the focus, as the ten belonging to the lifeguard climb up on his stand in the morning. More and more different sets of toes arrive to splash, run on the sand, walk on the dock, line up for ice cream, play volleyball, and admire a sand castle, until a hundred toes are toasting around a bonfire at night. Although the bodies with the legs and feet seem to be constructed from cut papers pasted on beach backgrounds, they have been "prepared digitally." Designed to hold attention even as they reinforce the counting, the double-page spreads also demonstrate the possibilities of computer imagery. Boxes of ten dots accumulate along the side of the pages to help visualize the numbers as they rise. Part of the "Know Your Numbers" series, the book concludes with additional "fun facts," hidden numbers to search out, and Web sites to visit. 2006, Picture Window Books/Capstone Press, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz