Numbers Everywhere

Holiday House. Jun. 2021. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780823443215.
PreS-K–An early childhood book of number shapes. Children learning to write numbers may benefit from this differentiated approach. Not your typical number book, this will help some learners spot number shapes in a variety of scenes. For each digit, a short rhyme is paired with an illustration that has a dashed number overlaid. Some of these figurations (2 is a swan on a pond, 7 is a street lamp) are far more intuitive and extendable than others (5 is a bike, 9 is a half-eaten pretzel). The book is illustrated with vivid colors on crisp white backgrounds. The final pages include an illustrated spread and a challenge to spot number-like shapes in the art. White-, brown-, and tanned-skin children and adults are found throughout, although characters that appear white are in the majority.
VERDICT A good addition to a preschool math collection that also includes other strategies for identifying and writing numbers.

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