Counting With Tiny Cat – written and illustrated by Viviane Schwarz

         Counting With Tiny Cat – written and illustrated by Viviane Schwarz, Candlewick Press, (9780763694623), 2017.

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

What did you like about the book? In this engaging introduction to numbers, an adorable little cat counts red spools of thread. Looking alarmed when he has none, he proceeds to happily hold first one, then two, three, and four. After that, instead of numbers, number concepts are introduced as he gets “more”, “lots”, “as many as you can get”, “some extra” and “too many”. The final scene shows the kitten contentedly sleeping atop a pile of red balls labeled as “Enough.”  The story is told simply; most pages contain just one word. The mischievous cat is rendered in minimalist white and gray colors inside a bold black outline with red squiggles to indicate the balls, and the clean white background dominates the pages.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommended to teach number concepts to young children one to three years old.

Who should buy this book? Day care centers, preschools, and public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with general picture books.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  7/28/17

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