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1 2 3 A Child's First Counting Book: 04/07/12

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1 2 3 A Child's First Counting Book by Alison Jay is an imaginative book that teaches children their numbers one to nine, counting up and down. It does this against a backdrop of a girls walk through a wonderland populated by sixteen different but familiar fairy tales.

When my daughter and I read the book we took three passes through the book. The first time we read the story and counted the numbers. Along the way Harriet began to notice some of the fairy tales.

On the second time through we tried to see how many of them we could get. I think we got ten or eleven of them. They are all very cleverly worked into the illustrations and take some work to figure out.

When we finished the book the second time we noticed that the copyright page has all sixteen of the fairy tales labeled. So we decided to have a third and final go at the book to find every last one.

Five stars.

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Comment #1: Sunday, April 08, 2012 at 07:14:51

Rachel Cotterill

I'm glad it told you how many there were! Could have been frustrating otherwise :)

Comment #2: Sunday, April 08, 2012 at 22:07:11


I don't know that it would have been frustrating not knowing all of them. But it was a nice bonus to have the list.

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