From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K-This book delivers just what the title promises: a counting book about the people, animals, and objects found on a Caribbean island. Lessac introduces each number from 1 to 10 in a rhyming couplet. For example, "Five market ladies wearing shady hats. Six cricket players waiting with their bats." She ends with children celebrating carnival. The illustrations are done in vibrant island colors that will catch readers' interest. The pictures are large enough for group sharing and the items are easy to count. This is a great concept book and a creative way of introducing youngsters to another culture.-Sheilah Kosco, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA
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PreS-K. A companion to Lessac's Caribbean Alphabet
(1994), this simple picture book begins with a picture showing "One little island in the Caribbean Sea." The double-page spreads that follow offer close-ups of local scenes: parrots in a coconut tree, ladies selling fruit at the market, and children at the beach, in their houses, and at the cricket field. The final spread shows the island again, this time in a livelier scene detailed with each grouping of characters from the previous 10 pictures. Young children will enjoy identifying them in miniature and counting them all over again. Written in rhymed couplets, the text bounces along playfully, pointing out people and things for children to count. Brightly colored and naive in approach, the accompanying artwork offers many more counting opportunities. For example, the illustrations for "Eight drummers drumming--ping pa ping pom" show not only eight drummers but also eight drums, eight large stars on the drums, and eight flowers on some of the shirts. A fresh, clear counting book for young children. - Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved