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Summary: Photos of children and common things are used to teach toddlers how to count, learn colors and objects. This is an identification book that goes beyond normal counting to object selection/ extraction and matching.
Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading
Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8
Interest Level: 0 to 3
Age of Child: First read with child 15 months old.
Young Reader Reaction: S/He likes pointing to the pictures of the babies, but isn't normally drawn to this one.
Adult Reader Reaction: This one will have to wait for a little while. Using photos is a nice change. At first it's like lots of other counting books, but the 2nd half is more interactive, with structured queries.
Pros: Complementing the counting with other activities: selecting only 'yellow' objects, counting only the kids with toys, matching items significantly expands the value of this book.
Cons: It may be useful as an infant book, because of the bright pictures, but you'll likely be waiting awhile (i.e., when child begins to understand matching) to really get use out of it.
Borrow or Buy: Buy it. A good investment for its utility and long-term value.
Educational Themes: The book offers multiple ways to use it: counting, matching and object & identification
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - math, picture book
Date(s) Reviewed: September 2003
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