cover image Help Me Learn Numbers 0-20

Help Me Learn Numbers 0-20

Jean Marzollo, photos by Chad Phillips. Holiday House, $15.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8234-2334-7

Marzollo and Phillips team up for an idiosyncratic and eye-catching counting book featuring photographic compositions of miscellaneous objects including vintage toy cars, Dalmatian figurines, and rubber finger-puppet monsters. In one spread, 10 glass animals are clustered atop white steps, while the verse hints at the answer: "One poodle, four swans,/ five mice, and when.../ you count all the animals,/ you'll get to ___ (ten)." The playful displays suggest that number sense isn't just a classroom tool, but a way in which to explore and engage with one's environment. Ages 3–5. (Sept.)