Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Usborne Review: 1001 Animals to Spot

1001 Animals to Spot
by G. Doherty
32 pages. Hardcover. 

From Usborne: "Teeming with animals to find, count and talk about, this bright picture book provides hours of puzzle-solving fun. It also helps develop basic word and number skills. The busy scenes bring to life different habitats from around the world. Children will delight in finding all kinds of familiar and exotic animals -- from lambs on the farm to armadillos in the rainforest."

My thoughts: There are a whole bunch of 1001 things to spot books by Usborne, and this is one I chose for Ellie's Christmas gift last year. We've taken it on car trips for something to keep the girls occupied, and Abby has lately wanted to have it with her to look at when she lays down for rest time.

One of the things I love about looking at this with my girls is that it's teaching Ellie one-to-one correlation. I can help her touch with a single finger each animal as she counts it. My sister-in-law who works in a kindergarten classroom has said there are kids who come into her class in the beginning of the year who still don't grasp this important concept.

There are 13 scenes of animals, plus a few other seek-and-find activities. Ellie's favorite page is "In the ocean" and Abby's is the "Children's farm".

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