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SUNRISE by Helena Clare Pittman


by Helena Clare Pittman & illustrated by Michael Rex

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-15-201684-8
Publisher: Harcourt

Effectively joining text and art, this book provides an abundance of repetition to reinforce the concept of numbers. Simple two-word phrases, all rhyming with sunrise, create a gentle poem that captures the hustle and bustle of the morning routine of a country family, “Sunrise./Cat lies./Baby cries.” In addition, each facing page has an illustration of the featured object being counted (one cat, two tears, four birds, nine eggs, up to ten cats when the mother has nine kittens), the numeral, and its name. Rex’s illustrations use warm earth tones of oranges and dusky blues to evoke the dawning day; the scenes contain an abundance of familiar items found in a busy household, from pictures taped to the refrigerator to dishes drying on the rack. The icons of the objects being counted offer an opportunity for children to indulge in a search-and-find game while strengthening their counting skills. Enticing on many levels, this book offers an edifying blend of entertainment and instruction. (Picture book. 3-6)