cover image Counting


, . . Houghton Mifflin, $8.99 (12pp) ISBN 978-0-547-21521-1

Part of the Curious Baby series featuring Rey's Curious George, this counting book comes with a built-in abacus-style set of five wooden beads, which can be used in tandem with the pictures. As Curious George meets other animals, readers can count the characters pictured by sliding the beads: as George holds out his hat to a mother cow and calf, the text reads: “Three meet up with a moo.” Finally, all of the animals appear together (“How many came out to play?”). While the beads are cleverly incorporated into the book, for youngest readers they will get more use as a rattle. Up to age 3. (June)