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Feb 22, 2015

Come count with me

Marika Wilson

Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781743313435           RRP: $19.99

Another counting book, based on a favourite trick played by adults on children. Little Chicky shows off her new-found talent of counting to five. When Nana tries, she skips a few numbers, not quite managing the task. Chicky frenetically explains again – and Nana n-e-a-r-ly gets it right. One more time Chicky sternly tries. Finally they count items from around the garden, and Nana is redeemed - and ironically amused. The endpapers are cleverly used to count through to ten. The minimalist style of illustration, with outlined cartoon-style characters coloured with delicate watercolours, allows the joy of the story to burst through. A great read aloud for toddlers and pre-schoolers.