I Know Numbers!

I Know Numbers! tr. from Japanese. illus. by Taro Gomi. 40p. Chronicle. Sept. 2017. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781452159188.
PreS-K—What is the time? Is your temperature low or high? How much do you weigh? What is your building number? Gomi points out that numbers are everywhere and takes young readers on a counting adventure as he demonstrates the applications of numbers in their daily life. The colorful illustrations call young readers to attention. When the text references numbers, they are shown in context on a clock, on a calendar, on TV channels, on street signs, on phones, on thermometers, and even as page numbers of the book they are reading. The resounding selection of people, objects, and concepts turns a counting book into a delightful cultural experience where cars drive on the left side of the road and a group of boys and girls together do the math on the board. This is not a book to teach children how to count. However, through a series of playful illustrations and different scenarios, kids will enjoy learning about the many common applications of numbers.
VERDICT An excellent addition to collections of concept books, suitable for one-on-one and small group sharing.

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