cover image Who's Counting?

Who's Counting?

Nancy Tafuri. Greenwillow Books, $16.99 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-688-06130-2

Tafuri, a Caldecott Honor winner, combines several elements in her new counting book and makes it all look simplea sign of true artistry. First of all, there are barnyard and field creatures to count from one to 10, clearly delineated in glowing yet soft colors. Then there is the striking design of each two-page spread. And thenperhaps to be noticed in a second readingthere is a picture story about a curious puppy who follows the animals and sometimes interacts with them. All these qualities, plus a satisfying ending and the love and warmth that suffuses the pages, add up to an exceptional book. (26)