A honey-brown bear leads a parade of animals and insects to the final page of this exuberant counting book, where the audience will discover a Mylar mirror so that they, too, can be accounted for. In a neat twist, Stickland's (Dinosaur Roar!) text enumerates each new addition with only the number one ("One bear, one dog, one mouse") until the final "One ME!" While the illustrations' single, straight plane of action never changes, every spread is animated. Set against a backdrop of white space, the characters boogie in line, chatter with one another and welcome the newcomers who crawl or bound onto the page with expressions ranging from amazement to glee. Meanwhile, the large, colored type that announces each arrival swoops overhead. Subtle, restrained pencil shadings add movement to figures rendered chiefly in watercolor; each character comes to life with a distinct and winning personality. Ages 3-6. (June)
PreS-Gr 1When frolicking animals and insects play follow the leader with bear, it's party time. The number "one" is repeated on each double-page spread, followed by the name of whichever character has joined the fun"One bear," "one dog," "one mouse," until all 11 party-goers gather together waiting for the final participant, "ME!" The reader's image is reflected on the last page in a mylar mirror with all the gang looking on. The creatures are depicted in true-to-life colors and shapes against roomy white backgrounds. The text announces each new arrival in big, bold colorful letters. Very young children will like seeing themselves in the book. Preschoolers and first graders will be pulled into the animals' activities. With a little imagination, many ideas for activities can be gleaned from this story. A great concept book for having fun while adding plain ole "ones."Susan Garland, Maynard Public Library, MA
Stickland (Dinosaur Stomp!, 1996, etc.) has produced a counting/animal-naming rhyme, with a small Mylar mirror mounted on the last page so that readers can get a peek of themselves at the end of the parade of cheerful animals that prance across the pages: "One bear, one dog, one mouse, one frog." A charming, simple notion, useful to accustom youngsters to left-to-right sequencing (each new animal appears at the right of the spread), but some pages are so carelessly laid out that there are large areas of white space on the left, while the animals are crowded into the righthand page (viewers never see more than the head and forefeet of the moose, eighth in line). A good idea sabotaged by poor design.