Counting Cockatoo’s Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K Various wild animals represent the numbers 1 to 12. A simple line of text accompanies each spread, which also includes two hidden cockatoos. At the end, Twelve toppling turtles are accompanied by lots of cockatoos! The chameleonlike birds almost disappear into foliage of their same color or peek from behind the pages' decorative borders. The final pages recap the numbers and animals depicted and show some cockatoo feathers for additional counting. As concept books go, the text is standard fare. It is Bauer's acrylics in bold colors and patterned, textured brushstrokes that give this book its appeal. However, with so many great counting books available, such as Denise Fleming's Count! (Holt, 1992), this one is strictly additional. Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY

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"The whimsical illustrations each feature a colorful border plus easily counted creatures such as "six slinking snakes" or "eleven elegant lizards." The cockatoos are more elusive because they change color and sometimes even try to disguise themselves as the other animals in the group. The book provides additional counting practice after the main story as well for those eager to continue exploring numbers." --Minnesota State University, Center for Children's and Young Adult Books