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Aug 07 2019

Where are the five frogs, Spot?: A numbers book by Eric Hill

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Puffin, 2019. ISBN: 9780241383964.
(Age:1-4) Recommended. Boardbook. Themes: Counting, Numbers. With the addition of felt flaps for little hands, this numbers book is a bright addition to counting books for the very young. Spot has lost his five friends the frogs, and is trying to find them. He looks behind the gate, but there is 1 duck with 2 ducklings, behind the log are 3 nibbling rabbits, 4 chirping birds behind the bush to finally 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 frogs splashing in the pond.
The left page contains simple text in large, bold black print asking who is hiding and the right side of the page has a felt flap that lifts up or across to show what is behind it. The felt is easy to manoeuvre for little fingers and is coloured in rich tones, giving the reader an opportunity to learn colours as well as have fun lifting the flap. The pages are painted in scenes of purples and lilac, orange and brown, tones of greens and blues giving lots of occasions for the young child to learn that there are different shades of colours and perhaps learn new names for them (aqua blue and emerald green).
Young readers will also be introduced to new vocabulary, 'nibbling ribbbeting' rabbits, 'chirping birds' and 'splish, splashing' frogs.
This is a brilliant boardbook, robust and strong, which is ideal for learning both counting and colours and will be appreciated by fans of Spot and those new to the character. Sure to become a favourite with the young child.
Pat Pledger

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