I just received this book yesterday and was blown away by how wonderful it is. I guess I was expecting just another counting book. This has all the elements I was looking for. There are large numbers in the text in the same color as the animal is counting. This is just perfect for introducing numbers, colors, and even feelings. The text rhymes so it is fun to read but the rhyme is not so singsong that you feel like you need to sing it. It can be read naturally. The counting doesn't seem forced and is really just part of the story. I love that at the end of the story on a two-page spread you see all of the animals the lion cub has been attempting to play with so you can spend time spying and then counting the 4 blue lizards, etc. I highly recommend this book. Belongs in every toddler's library.