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Author: Rachel O'Neill

Illustrator: Rachel O'Neill

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Publisher: Buster Books, a division of O'Mara Books, Ltd, England, �2003

Material: board book

Summary: This is a counting book in French, using animals and toddler toys. It is around book with simple and colorful illustrations, with an increasing number of items to count on each page. The numbers are displayed in symbol and word so the child can choose the correct number for each page. This is a bilingual children's book for helping kids learn basic numbers in French.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading

Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 4; read yourself: 5 to 7

Interest Level: 1 to 5

Age of Child: Read with child 18 months old.

Young Reader Reaction: Toddler enjoyed counting the objects, and the familiar items (cats, dogs, balls, fish, teddy bears and so on) made the book an instant hit.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a great book for introducing the language to a young child and will be useful as the child grows older to teach additional basic language, in English and French. The illustrations are eye-catching and cute.

Pros: This is a simple, small book, easy for toddler to handle, and simple language to introduce the new language.

Cons: The numbers on the wheel are not in order. While this may have been intentional so the child can't just roll to the next number, it takes time to spin the wheel and find the correct number.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a good book to have if you can find it.


Notes: This book is not available at traditional U.S. bookstores. It is available, with an accompanying audio cassette at or

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, counting, math, French

Date(s) Reviewed: November-03

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