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First Numbers

First Numbers

From the editors at Tiger Tales
Novelty Board Book
For ages 1 to 3
Tiger Tales, 2013   ISBN: 978-1589256309

Learning how to do something almost always involves practice and repetition. If you want to learn how to play a musical instrument you have to practice every day. If you want to become a runner you have to train. If you want to learn how to read or count, you have to practice. Unfortunately, practicing ones numbers and letters can become boring after a while, which is why many authors, illustrators and publishers try to come up with new ways to teach children their numbers and letters.

In this cleverly designed novelty board book the editors from Tiger Tales combine photos, lift-the-flaps and simple sections of text to give young children an engaging and entertaining learning tool that they will enjoy exploring.

On each spread children as asked to count how many objects there are in the photo. When they lift the flap they will see another picture of the objects, and an illustration of the number that they are learning about on that page.

For example, for the page that features the number 8 we are asked, “How many flowers can you count?” Below the words there is a photo of eight flowers. Under the flap is another picture of eight flowers and there is also a picture showing us what the number eight looks like. Little arrows on the number eight show us how the number eight is written.

With its colorful pictures of familiar objects, its lift-the-flaps, and the handy handle that is built into the book, this is a title that young children will happily explore again and again.