Title: 1-2-3 Peas
Author/Illustrator: Keith Baker
Publication Year: 2012
Age Group: Preschoolers
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Comments: This is a cute counting book featuring peas going up to 20 by ones then up to 100 by tens. My son is only 3 and a half, but he can now count to 100 which seems kind of crazy to me. I don’t know why counting is so fascinating to him, but he’s wanted this library book read to him at least 10 times. He hasn’t quite gotten the hang of reading numbers yet (he frequently gets them reveresed and will say 26 is sixty-four for example), but this book is useful for that too. On the last double spread all the numbers are written out on tiny pendants hjeld by peas, so we have fun looking for all the numbers. At our local public school, children are expected to know how to count by ones and recognize up to 30 and count to 100 by tens by the end of Kindergarten. I was trying to help a kindergartener with these skills using this book, but he was much less enthusiastic about it than my preschooler. It could have just been personal preference, but I intend to introduce this book to my younger children when they’re 3 or 4 to make sure they don’t outgrow it before it has served its purpose.
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