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Anno's Counting Book

By Ann Marie Sammataro, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Book gently encourages kids to compare and count.

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This extraordinary counting book has both great kid appeal and a sound educational basis. Mitsumasa Anno's systematic increase of objects in the illustrations naturally leads young children to count. His illustrations invite extended examination and are the source of the book's success.

The pictures' myriad details are real kid-pleasers -- careful observers can seek out subtle hints indicating what will develop next in the town, discover what the woman is hanging on her laundry line, notice what the children are playing with, etc. All the while, the reader is absorbing fundamental ideas and basic building blocks of mathematical understanding. Very young children can benefit too, with the assistance of an adult.

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