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Author: Catherine Rayner

Illustrator: Catherine Rayner

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Publisher: Tiger Tales, 2013

Material: hard cover

Summary: Abigail is a giraffe with a favorite pastime: counting! One day she begins counting her surroundings: a ladybug, leaves, stripes on zebras. She keeps losing count! Her friends try to help, but they can't count as well as she does. So Abigail teaches them all using the stars in the night sky. This is a story of cooperation, friendship, and (yes) counting.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 1.8

Age of Child: Read with a 3-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Both of my kids liked this book. Giraffes are big with them and they thought Abigail's friends were funny.

Adult Reader Reaction: I really liked it. Abigail is a cute story and the watercolor illustrations are beautiful. I wasn't surprised that my kids liked the book, but given the simplicity of the story, I didn't anticipate that my five year old would like it as much as she did.

Pros: You'll love everything about this book: the story, the characters, and the illustrations.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. I'm going to give this a gift to a little friend who shares her name with the protagonist.

If You Liked This Book, Try: WHAT'S NEW AT THE ZOO; An Animal Adding Adventure   WILD ABOUT BOOKS   BARN CAT: A COUNTING BOOK

Educational Themes: It helps teach little ones how to count and to appreciate learning.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, math, counting, friendship

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2015

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