cover image What Comes in 2's, 3's, and 4's?

What Comes in 2's, 3's, and 4's?

Suzanne Aker. Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, $15 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-671-67173-0

Despite its rather flat title, this book introduces numbers in a creative--and sensible--manner. Aker uses objects familiar to little ones to explain the concept of counting. To answer the question ``What comes in 2's?'', the author instructs children to look at their own bodies, where they will find two eyes, ears, arms, etc. The two handles on a sink, the two pieces of bread used to make a sandwich and the two wings of a bird and an airplane are other examples Aker uses before moving on to the notion of ``3's'' (three lights on a traffic signal, three meals a day, three sides to a slice of pizza) and ``4's'' (four wheels on a car, four legs on a dog, four seasons). Karlin's boldly colored, realistic pictures are as straightforward as the text, making this first counting lesson pleasingly accessible. Ages 2-5. (May)