The new book from Katie Viggers, author of Almost an Animal Alphabet, teaches kids to count from 1 to 20 as they meet a menagerie of amusing creatures.
At once fun to read and educational, 1 to 20, Animals Aplenty shows each number both numerically and as a quantity, which is the key to teaching children not only to count but also the building blocks of mathematical skills. Each number is depicted in animals, so kids learn the number and also instantly see how many. All this education is disguised by Katie's adorable, detailed creatures, who romp through the numbers with unexpected and frequently silly props—and it all rhymes! For example...
"5 goats wearing coats"
"7 pigs, 7 wigs"
"15 bats who are acrobats"
From Publishers Weekly: Viggers follows 2013’s Almost an Animal Alphabet with this counting-themed companion book, which has the same understated wit and careful portraiture of its predecessor. The rhythm and rhyme of the title is echoed in each entry, from “1 fox in a pair of socks” to “20 birds who have the last words.” Specific breeds and types of animal are labeled (seven wig-wearing pigs include a Tamworth with a pompadour and a Gloucester Old Spot with a green mohawk), and subtly humorous details are everywhere, including the studious expressions worn by “16 chickens reading Dickens” and the near-unforgettable sight of 19 snakes weaving their way through delicate cakes and pastries. Ages 3–7.