With exuberant paper and paint collages, Arenson (A Caribbean Counting Book, 1996) illustrates 20 counting rhymes, many of which dance across the double-page spreads and all of which must be read aloud. These are the chants children love: ""There were ten in a bed, and the little one said,"" and ""One, two, three, four, five,/Once I caught a fish alive,"" to name two. ""As I was going to St. Ives"" appears with such familiar finger plays as ""Here is the bee hive."" Whether children will learn counting from this collection is dubious; that they'll have fun with the rhymes is not. A joyful book.
Pub Date: Aug. 20, 1998
Page Count: 32
Publisher: "Barefoot (203 Clinton St., Brooklyn, NY 11201)"