A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Dog Loves Counting stars the loveable canine hero of Dog Loves Books (2010) and Dog Loves Drawing (2012) by Louise Yates. This time, Dog is having a hard time getting to sleep, so he counts not just sheep but all kinds of animals from his books (who come to life) and even stars. This delightful story promotes literacy, curiosity, and autonomy in young readers, as Dog models a way to get to sleep on one's own.
What's the story?
Dog loves books and reading, but tonight he's having trouble drifting off. He's tried counting sheep, but this time it's a no-go. Instead, he decides to return to his beloved books and try counting something -- anything -- else. He discovers a world of friends to help him on his adventure.
Is it any good?
DOG LOVES COUNTING is a quadruple-hitter: It's a highly engaging, whimsical book that encourages enthusiasm about kids putting themselves to sleep while also promoting math and reading. And it throws in lessons in offbeat animals, to boot. A five-lined skink, anyone?
For kids, the fresh, funny language and whimsical pastel watercolor illustrations make this a really memorable way to make bedtime fun and rewarding, and parents will appreciate how many plates this book spins to foster curiosity and autonomy in readers.
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- Author: Louise Yates
- Illustrator: Louise Yates
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Magic and fantasy, Cats, dogs, and mice
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
- Publication date: September 10, 2013
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 8
- Number of pages: 32
- Available on: Paperback, Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
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