Ocean Counting by Janet Lawler

ocean counting

Ocean Counting
Janet Lawler
Photographs by Brian Skerry
National Geographic Little Kids, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4263-1116-1
FORMAT: Picture Book, Counting Book
AGES: Preschool
3.5 Stars

I am continually happy with the new books that National Geographic is putting out. Mostly because the photographs are amazing. Seriously, who wouldn’t want National Geographic quality photographs in a children’s picture book to get them interested in the world? In this particular book readers are invited to learn about counting via some amazing ocean animals. Each page has the appropriate number of sea animals (from one green sea turtle to ten Bermuda sea chub). Each page has the number large and prominent with the animal listed. Then there is more information about the animal and a bonus “did you know” fact box. At the end of the book there are also two pages where readers can see all the animals listed (with the appropriate number of sea creatures following the number and name so kids can “count” them again) both from “one to ten” and from “ten to one”. And there are some bonus facts. Basically this is a book with amazing photographs and some fun facts. The only problem is that kids just might pay more attention to the pictures than to actually counting the animals. But I suspect they will eventually remember to count them…so all is well in the world. 🙂

What to do after reading this book:
Go and visit an aquarium or a zoo.
Get a pet fish or visit the pet store to see some pet fish.  Count them if you can.
Eat some fish for lunch or dinner.
Go swimming.
Pull out some stuffed animals and count them.
Draw a picture of ten sea creatures.
Practice writing the numbers 1 to 10.

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