Bear Counts, by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman
This concept book by Karma Wilson introduces the numbers from one to five. Wilson’s familiar “Bear” spends the day with mouse. Throughout the day, the two run into different friends. Each friend has items that allow Bear to count. The phrase, “Numbers, numbers, everywhere. Can you count with Bear?” is repeated throughout the book. When each number is mentioned, several items are grouped on the page that show the number. Each number, 1 through 5, is presented in this way. The text is rhyming and the illustrations have bright colors and details. There is much white space between texts which makes it easy to see and count the items on the page. Since the book only counts to 5, it is perfect for younger children. The book is recommended for children 3 to 7.