This oversized board title uses flowers and a garden theme to help children’s counting skills blossom.
Children will count 10 different types of flowers as they make their ways through the garden, with rhyming couplets introducing their names. For example: “Five cherry blossoms opening in the trees. / Six crimson hollyhocks trembling in the breeze.” For each featured number, children can also find the same number of bees buzzing about the page, sometimes in plain sight and other times hiding behind a flap. The flaps, in the shapes of flower petals, trees, butterfly wings, and more, conceal all manner of critters, from stray bees to birds, ladybugs, foxes, and mice. Aside from the counting and lift-the-flap adventure, there is also the progression of the seasons to take in. Readers move from winter to early summer, and more and more critters join in the fun as the world warms. Ormes’ screen-printed and digital artwork makes this one a real treat. Children and adults alike will enjoy a romp through the charming, bustling garden she brings to life.
This attractive title, which combines counting practice with a tour through a lively garden, invites and rewards leisurely exploration. (Board book. 3-6)