Count on Me – Miguel Tanco

   Count on Me – Miguel Tanco, Tundra Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers, 9780735265752, 2019

Format: Hardcover

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

 Genre: Picture Book

 What did you like about the book? LOVED THIS BOOK! This is a wonderful book about finding your passion, accepting and appreciating the talents of others, and math. In this story we meet a little girl that lives with a family full of passion for something. Her father is an artist, her mother is a scientist, and her younger brother is very talented with music. This little girl has desperately tried to find her passion either through dance, art, cooking, tennis, karate, music or even singing, but nothing seems suited for her. Until–during an art class she discovers that her true love is math. She can see math everywhere she goes whether it is the geometric shapes on the climbing bars on the playground, the concentric circles when she throws a stone into a lake, or the perfect curve of a wiggly slide. She realizes that not everyone can understand her passion for math (just like she cannot always understand their passions) but she is content knowing she has found something that is important to her.

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing

 To whom would you recommend this book? Perfect for children between the ages of three and seven. Perfect for discussing how children all have different interests.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone that works with children between the ages of three and seven.

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, an important message for young children about finding something that is special to them.

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.

Date of review: September 27, 2019


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