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“Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.” More
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, family reading, anytime reading, 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.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. I'm going to give this a gift to a little friend who shares her name with the protagonist.
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 stories, concepts, friendship, counting and math
Date(s) Reviewed: May 2015
Other Reviews: See Critics Reviews at barnesandnoble.com; and reader feedback at amazon.com.