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One Too Many: A Seek and Find Counting Book



Great for counting, adding, detail-seeking...and giggling.

What parents need to know

Educational value

This is an unusually layered counting book, appealing to kids just learning their numbers as well as older kids learning sums.

Positive messages

Encourages kids to count, add -- and develop an eye for detail.

Positive role models

Some animals find themselves making new friends -- though they also get in each other's way.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this counting book works well with kids of different ages and math skills.

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What's the story?

A flea bounces over a trough of water in the first scene, and he’s gradually joined by more and more farmyard animals -- two cows, then three horses, and so on until 12 bats swoop over the teeming, chaotic spread. Then one more surprise visitor arrives, and there’s a flutter of hooves and feathers before the trough is still for the night.

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about different things to count in the book. Ask your kids to find -- or suggest yourself -- new things to find and count in the pages of the book -- animals with black ears, animals that fly, etc.

  • Find other things to count, around your house or in another favorite book.

Book details

Author:Gianna Marino
Illustrator:Gianna Marino
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Chronicle Books
Publication date:March 24, 2010
Number of pages:40
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 8

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Educator and Parent Written byaoshi November 13, 2015

Absolutely delightful!

So happy I found this new author. She has some great picture books. This one is fun for the children to find the animal along with counting. My Kinder-3rd graders enjoyed this book.