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THE HOUSE OF 12 BUNNIES by Caroline  Stills


by Caroline Stills & Sarcia Stills-Blott & illustrated by Judith Rossell

Age Range: 2 - 6

Pub Date: March 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-8234-2422-1
Publisher: Holiday House

Twelve adorable bunnies, each with a different color or pattern of fur, play together in their rambling Victorian house in this sweet counting book.

Soft-focus watercolor-and-pencil illustrations are filled with traditional toys and cozy furniture, with each spread focusing on a different room of the house. The simple text for each room presents a list of 12 related items to search for, such as “7 buckets, 2 brooms, 2 mops, and a duster without any feathers.” One of the bunnies, a pure-white charmer named Sophia, is too busy to interact with her siblings because she is searching in each room for a mysterious lost item. Sophia finds the missing item (a book) under her quilt, and the final pages depict all 12 bunnies cuddled up together as Sophia reads to her brothers and sisters. Preschoolers who are learning to count will enjoy finding all the named items and counting up all the bunnies in each room. Budding mathematicians will find other sets of 12 cleverly incorporated in the illustrations: 12 toothbrushes, 12 bunny portraits and 12 windows in the house.  

A pleasant way to practice counting skills, with additional beginning math concepts quietly woven into both text and illustrations. (Picture book. 2-6)