Ten little bluebirds help young readers learn to count.
The sun is up, and it's time for the 10 little bluebirds to fly away from their nest and play, but one little bird wants to stay at home with Mom. As the flock of birds travels through the countryside, one bird stays behind on each stop. Little readers count down from 10 to one before all 10 bluebirds return to the nest before bed. Cutouts in the cover and throughout the pages, together with corresponding glued-on bluebirds that fit into them, allow for little readers to easily spot—and feel—the dwindling number of little birds. The flock visits a variety of animals, including horses, bears, and rabbits. All the animals are illustrated with bright blues, dark greens, and deep yellows. The primary color palette is eye-catching, and the medium-sized format makes this a solid choice to bring along on trips in the car or out running errands without becoming either cumbersome or lost. The countdown element is effective, helping little ones familiarize themselves with the back-and-forth nature of numbers, though Arabic numerals are absent from both text and illustrations.
A cute and bright counting book that gets the job done. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)