What could be more fun than playing with your food? If you're a toddler, not much. So this simple counting book based on the well-loved breakfast cereal has a lot going for it before even being opened, and once it is cracked open, it doesn't disappoint. Big, colorful numerals stand out boldly on a white background, framed by more bright colors. Familiar little toasty O's and luscious-looking pieces of fruit match the number specified on each page: three Cheerios, three strawberries, and a little blurb--"Count O's here/ Say one, two, three!"--all support learning the number 3. One through 10 all share this format; the simplified 11 to 19 appear on a veritable fruit salad of a page, and the climactic 20 claims its own page opposite: "Eat twenty O's when the counting is done!"
Make breakfast time count with this tasty little board book! For more flavorful (if less healthy) counting lessons, see some of Barbara Barbieri McGrath's other books: Hershey's Kisses: Counting Board Book and The M&M's Brand Chocolate Candies Counting Board Book. (Baby to preschool) --Emilie Coulter
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1-A straightforward teaching tool for learning counting skills. The Cheerios are arranged in organized patterns from 1 to 10, and then from 10 to 100 by increments of 10. Each page has a corresponding number of fruit pieces (banana slices, strawberries, blueberries, etc.) arranged around the borders. Unfortunately, the numbers from 11 to 19 are listed on one page without any pictorial representation. The double-page spreads have an attractive, uncluttered look with white space used effectively. The numbers and illustrations are large enough to be seen by a group. The text is simple with an occasional rhyme, "You can count cereal./What fun it will be!/ See one./Here are two./Now there are three." More clever and unique books about this concept exist, but cereal is an easy-to-access material, and this title could be a useful starting place for children doing their own counting.
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Adele Greenlee, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN
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