Baby Bear Counts One
Baby Bear is wondering “who woke me?” It turns into a conversation about what is around Baby Bear. One woodpecker that hunts for food. Three beavers building. Seven bees “storing up honey before winter comes.” Over and over Baby Bear not only learns about the animals (and some snowflakes) that live around Baby Bear’s home, but Baby Bear is also counting from one to ten.
This is another sweet story that goes along with Baby Bear. On one page Baby Bear asks about some sound or observation that he makes. Then on the next page Baby Bear and the reader are invited to count the specific number of animals (or snowflakes at the end). However, not all of the pages are easy to count. When “Baby Bear counts 8” on a page with frogs. One of the frogs is in shadow…which is very different from all the other frogs. It took my kiddo a while to figure out that you also count the dark shadow-like image as one of the frogs. On other pages you might see part of a deer or turkey–which is understandable. Little kids don’t need to see (nor should they really expect) a realistic picture that has animals lined up in a row so all the animals look the same and are ready to count. Instead the way the pictures are done kids get a glimpse of what Baby Bear might see, which is a snapshot of different animals in various positions (and not completely showing all of each animal). However, the fact that the one frog looked like a hoping shadow instead of similar to the rest of the frogs really threw my kiddos (and the grown-up I watched read the story to them). But all-in-all this is another fun counting book that shows all sorts of things a young bear might see before it is time to hibernate. A good story to calm someone down before bedtime.
What to do after reading this book:
Count objects around you.
Talk about bears and why they hibernate.
Take a nap and pretend you are “hibernating”.
Go for a walk and count the things you see around you.
Ask questions. See if you can take turns asking and answering each others questions.
Beach Lane Books, 2013
FORMAT: Picture Book