Number Circus by Sylvie Misslin, illustrated by Steffie Brocoli. Barefoot Books, 9781782857655, 2019
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Board Book (oversized)
What did you like about the book? I loved how this book used so many different math concepts in a fun and engaging manner. Each page of this books opens up to feature a particular number on both the left and right side. The illustrations are very colorful and feature people, animals, and everyday objects sure to appeal to very young children. The bottom of each page has lift-the-flap questions with the answers underneath (these are sturdy so no real concerns with use). These questions being asked help the child understand several different math concepts such as identifying a number, what object is taller or shorter, what person might have more or less of something. There is even a question with “not” (“How many big chickens are not black?”) which is always something to pay attention to in future math classrooms.
This is an extremely engaging book and time needs to be given in order to go through it properly. Allowing a child to think about each question is the best way to read this book.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Nothing.
To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for children between the ages of two and four — when they are beginning to learn numbers and colors.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries, preschools, daycares, and nursery schools, anyone that works with children between the ages of two and four.
Where would you shelve it? Board book.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer Kristin Guay, Nantucket, Massachusetts
Date of review: June 17, 2019