to Ten and Home Again
Illustrator: Anita Pauza
Sound Effects: Bob Bailey
read ... Recommended ... 5 stars
Tim and Emmy are out for a walk.
As they walk the children encounter many sights and sounds. They
count the sounds one to ten.
Author Haapoja along with illustrator
Anita Pauza who between them have nine children and many
grandchildren have created a charming counting book for young
children. Unlike many counting books; children are not counting
the number of things they see. Rather, it is the sounds the children
count. Wonderful watercolor illustrations, sounds of bees and
birds, car and siren, a pup and children laughing, a creaky gate
and walking feet, the wind and a train are all included in this
enchanting work by two talented Minnesota women.
The narrative of the children's
walk is told in rhyme with both numeral and number word shown
on each profusely illustrated page. A clickable button allows
children opportunity to listen to the sound
accompanying each of the illustrations. A lush field covered
in grass and flowers is abuzz with bees, etc.
Writer Haapoja shows a canny
knack for creating a pleasing tale sure to entrance youngsters
in the target audience ages 3-7. Vocabulary used is a tad beyond
those in the 3-5 set lending the book for use as a 'Read to Me'
work for the youngest group. Children ages 6 and 7 will be able
to read for themselves with a little help from parent, older
sibling or classroom mentor.
As a teacher I always like to
see both the numeral and number world included when using a counting
book with my class. Unlike most counting books available the
illustrations are not the standard one bird, two bees, rather
artist Pauza's lavish illustrations fill each page with color
and activity. It is the sound and not the visual offering the
children are counting. Bang-up technique for helping keep young
kids on track and really paying attention.
The format exe used is one children
and adults alike will find easy to navigate. Excellent work for
classroom, home schoolers, free time reading, and cuddling on
Mom or Dad's lap in front of the computer. This is a book I would
use in my own Kindergarten/First Grade classroom.
Delightful Read, happy to recommend.