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THE 1,2,3 BEES

Author: Nicole Wheldon

Illustrator: Diana Zourelias-Noro

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Publisher: Acmon Blue Publishing, ©2005

Material: hard cover

Summary: Follow the bees through their busy day, and use counting to enjoy the fun. This is a picture book to learn numbers.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, anytime reading, read aloud, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 4; read yourself: 4 to 6

Interest Level: 1 to 6

Age of Child: Started reading with child 3 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: As we closed the book on the first reading, our preschooler announced "Read it again, Mama." We've since read it a number of times, each one a little slower, as s/he begins to study the illustrations in more detail.

Adult Reader Reaction: The story is really just a sequence of sentences counting out how many bees and what they do. The illustrations make the book.

Pros: The illustrations are beautiful, the bees are cute, and the pages are sturdy and will withstand frequent readings.

Cons: None, really. For parents, it would be fun to have a little more story or lead-ins for creating interactive reading.

Borrow or Buy: Buy if you want to have a nice, art-quality counting book for your child's library. This is one to have. Borrow if you are just looking to introduce numbers in a fun way.

If You Liked This Book, Try: GOOD NIGHT SWEET BUTTERFLIES: A COLOR DREAMLAND   COUNTING KISSES: A KISS & READ BOOK   HAPPY BABY 123

Educational Themes: This is strictly a counting book.

Literary Categories: Fiction - math, picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2005

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