Friday, July 6, 2018

Two Counting Books for Babies and Toddlers

10, 9, 8...Owls Up Late 
by Georgiana Deutsch
Published February, 2018
Silver Dolphin Books
Board Book
26 pages
Review copy provided by publisher

Goodreads Summary
Ten cheeky, bouncy, noisy owls are playing in a tree. It's bedtime, but they're having far too much fun to go to sleep! Uh-oh. Will Mummy Owl ever convince all her little owlets to fly down to the nest?

My Thoughts

Oh my gosh these owls are SO cute, but they are in no hurry to get to bed. Mama Owl keeps trying to get them to rest, but they always have an excuse to stay up. The book uses rich vocabulary on each page. Young readers will hear words such as chuckling, chortling, flittering, fluttering, and chittering to name a few. The rhyming and repetitive text offers a structure littles ones can learn as they read the story over and over again. Each little owl has its own look color pattern and they vary in size. Small speech bubbles are sprinkled in for a dose of dialogue. 
Little ones can count the owls in the cutouts and learn how numbers change when one is taken away. The board book is very sturdy and is just the right size for little hands. 
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Sesame Street: 5 Little Rubber Duckies
Published February, 2018
SFI Readerlink Dist
Board Book
12 pages
Review copy provided by publisher

Goodreads Summary
Join Ernie and his friends on Sesame Street as they try to find five little rubber duckies. With touch and trace elements perfect for little hands and plastic duckies to push and count along, this book is the perfect story time activity for early learners. 

My thoughts
Every kid loved Sesame Street characters. Combing their favorite characters and counting is a winning combination. Ernie's friends take turns borrowing his rubber duckies to play with. However, each time another character takes them, one seems to get misplaced. Finally all of them are missing and Ernie is sad. Then his 5 friends each return one duckie to him in the end. 
The rhyming, simple text is sure to be a hit with young readers. They will be able to count the duckies on each page and run their finger over the indented number on each page. They will also be exposed to subtraction and counting backwards. 

Another neat aspect of the book is the 5 little duckies at the top. These duckies can be moved to count, but will stay in the little box and be there for every page. I played with them and they moved very easily.
I would recommend 5 Little Rubber Duckies for babies and toddlers. 

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