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SALLY CAT'S 123 (Busy World of Richard Scarry Series)

Author: Richard Scarry

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Books,

Material: board book

Summary: With "one-two-buckle your shoe" as the foundation, and the help of two friends, Sally Cat learns to count. The book offers a fun way to work on counting.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 0 to 4

Age of Child: Started reading with a child 19 months old.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He likes seeing the numbers and trying to "count" the objects.

Adult Reader Reaction: The rhythm of the story makes it a fun way to teach children to count.

Pros: The combination of the illustrations and rhyme engage young readers. Given a toddler's love of sing-song melodies and rhymes, this book is exactly their style.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: This book could easily go either way. It looks like it's out of print, so borrow it first. There are many books that provide this type of learning.


Educational Themes: Counting and rhymes combine to make an effective learning tool.

Notes: It is available used at prices ranging from $1.99 to more than $6.00.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - math, picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2003

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