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Carlo likes counting
Spanyol, Jessica.
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Carlo the giraffe counts from one to ten--at home, in the park, in a cafe, on a farm, and all around.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction A-B-C- 1-2-3 Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction A-B-C- 1-2-3 Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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In this follow-up to Carlos Likes Reading, simple counting concepts are shown as Carlo the giraffe counts everything everywhere he goes. Young readers are invited to join Carlo and point, name, and count throughout this whimsical story. Full-color illustrations.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 2. Carlo, the giraffe from Carlo Likes Reading (2001), tackles math this time. Each spread features a declarative sentence about a number from 1 to 10 («Carlo counts five in the cafe»; «Carlo counts nine at the farm»), and simple watercolor, acrylic, ink, and collage illustrations fill the pages with white toylike figures and tags labeling the countable items. A clever touch is the black cat Crackers (counted as one), who participates in each scene. Oddly, Carlo's mum seems to change colors as the book progresses, but preschoolers likely won't notice; they will be much too busy counting items in the carefully constructed layouts. The endpapers picture more objects to count in this playful demonstration that will encourage kids to count things in their daily activities and surroundings. Julie Cummins.

Publisher's Weekly Review

In Carlo Likes Counting by Jessica Spanyol, a follow-up to last year s Carlo Likes Reading, the titular giraffe counts from one to 10, with one number to a spread. The happy giraffe observes objects labeled in groupings (in the house, on the lawn, etc.) according to the featured number (e.g., two bees, two bananas, etc., for the number two). Plenty of unlabeled items appear, too, for little ones to point out themselves. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Spanyol's smiling, stubby-legged giraffe is back (Carlo Likes Reading [Candlewick, 2001]), now ready to help preschoolers practice their numbers from 1 to 10. Each spread offers multiple views of items clustered and tagged by quantity, such as "3 sisters" or "5 cups." From playground to construction site, the author/illustrator cleverly shows not only groups of the highlighted numeral, but also scatters similarly numbered assemblages to reinforce the skill. Busy acrylics maintain control through composition, but the last page is jolting, since it bears no relation to counting. Endpapers show opened notebooks, picturing even more objects to tally.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.