A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
This is an unusually layered counting book, appealing to kids just learning their numbers as well as older kids learning sums. Helps kids develop an eye for detail.
Counting and adding are is fun. Pay attention to details in what you're looking at.
Positive Role Models
Some animals find themselves making new friends -- though they also get in one another's way.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this counting book works well with kids of different ages and math skills.
Is It Any Good?
Author/illustrator Gianna Marino serves up a refreshingly vibrant counting book, sure to engage kids just learning to count and those with more sophisticated math literacy skills. Each page introduces a new animal to the increasingly crowded barnyard scene, counting both the number of species and the number of animals: The fifth spread, for example, introduces five sheep. Through it all, the primordial flea leaps on one of the new arrivals in each two-page spread -- a clue to help kids spot the newcomers.
Kids can enjoy this as a rich seek-and-find, and can find a multitude of things to count. Marino includes a few suggestions for making new discoveries, such as searching for animals with their eyes closed, counting the cumulative number of animals, and identifying the unfortunate pig who always has something nibbling his ear. The interaction of the animals infuses the book with sly humor -- their faces speak volumes as they climb atop each other or find their tails being nibbled, make new friends, and just plain get in each other’s way.
Black and white animals dominate against a backdrop of sandy earth and an azure sky turning to sundown. As the pages get increasingly crowded, delightful details and expressive animals encourage close examination.
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