Fifteen Animals!

Common Sense Media says

Cute animals and nonsense make counting fun.





What parents need to know

Educational value

Sandra Boynton's counting book Fifteen Animals! teaches toddlers and preschoolers how to count and how to identify numbers and animals.

Positive messages

Counting can be fun!

Positive role models

The boy with 15 friendly and tame animals seems to be a warm, caring pet owner.

Violence & scariness
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Fifteen Animals! is a counting book from the wonderful author-illustrator Sandra Boynton. This book teaches young children how to count to 15 as well as how to identify numbers and animals. Like all of Boynton's charming preschool and toddler books, Fifteen Animals! exudes warm, comforting feelings (all the animals are "friendly and tame") and makes kids laugh at the cute pictures and a bit of nonsense (almost all the animals are named Bob).

What's the story?

Sandra Boynton's FIFTEEN ANIMALS! shows a boy in overalls who says that he likes animals and that he has 15 of them -- all "friendly and tame" and each with a "special name." Each page shows animals and numbers, as the boy counts his pets one by one. All the animals are called Bob except for the very last one, a tiny turtle named Simon James Alexander Ragsdale the Third.

Is it any good?


Fifteen Animals! is a great little counting book for toddlers and preschoolers. As always, author-illustrator Sandra Boynton makes cute, simple pictures full of warmth and infuses the counting fun with a dose of nonsense to make kids laugh. Kids will have fun identifying the different animals in the book and counting all the way up to 15 rather than the standard 10.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about pets. If you were to have a pet, which kind of animal would you like to have?

  • How many rabbits are there in the book? How many rabbit parents are there? How many rabbit children?

  • Find the page with goldfish. How many goldfish are there? Which numbers do you see on the page?

Book details

Author:Sandra Boynton
Illustrator:Sandra Boynton
Topics:Cats, dogs, and mice, Horses and farm animals, Numbers and letters
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Boynton Moo Media
Publication date:October 8, 2008
Number of pages:24
Publisher's recommended age(s):0 - 4
Read aloud:2 - 4
Available on:Hardback, iBooks, Kindle, Nook

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