Title of Book: One Gorilla: A Counting Book
Time length to read: 2-4 min
Age recommend: 2-7
Author/Illustrator: Anthony Browne
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Best place to purchase: Barnes & Noble Website
If you have ever wanted a good beginning counting book for your toddler/child, then you’ll want to check out this book I am featuring today. One Gorilla: A Counting Book, by Anthony Browne, is a picture book that takes counting to very colorful heights. The book goes through a series primates, and states what the animal is and then it shows how many animals are in the picture. While this book may sound very simple wording wise, it is the illustrations that make it fun. The beautiful and captivating colors that Browne puts into this book will have children wanting to count over and over with the different kind of primates. This is a perfect book if you are trying to teach your child how to count, and how to read beggining words and stories.
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard from the Washington Post says “It is difficult — possibly impossible — to remember a recent counting book that has clambered up out of the slough of “useful” into the rarefied strata of “stunning” and “memorable.” Hats off to Anthony Browne for creating “One Gorilla.” Set against stark white backgrounds, the inhabitants of each page function exactly as objects in a counting book are required to do: 1 gorilla gives way to 2 orangutans, 3 chimpanzees and so on up to 10 lemurs. Stripped of their natural habitats and artfully grouped, they are extraordinarily easy to count. The numerals that appear on each left-hand page are big, bold and colorful, standard components that reinforce the book’s utilitarian status.”
So if you are looking for a great counting book that will capture your children’s imagination as they learn, I’d highly recommend this book. You will find them wanting to count with the story over and over again.
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