By Louise Yates
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, $17.99, 32 pages
Dog Loves Counting is the perfect book to introduce numbers to children. Dog cannot fall asleep and loves his books so he tries counting sheep. But his book introduces him to other creatures to count, as well. First he counts an egg. When the egg hatches there is Dog and Dodo, which makes two. They must then find three and meet the Three-toed Sloth. When they meet Camel, they meet number four. Many other creatures join the counting fiesta until they arrive at ten. When they lose number one in the desert, the creatures leave one by one (and your reader gets introduced to counting backwards). Finally Dog looks up in the sky and realizes he can continue to count forever. Dog Loves Counting makes counting an adventure. Your little reader will be excited to meet all the creatures in the charming, colorful drawings. The creatures’ faces tell a range of emotions and your child will be able to connect the words to the pictures. Your child will learn counting forwards and backwards and the power of finding friends while laughing heartily at the cute story.
Reviewed by Seniye Groff