|Image from BedBathandBeyond.com|
This board book full of dancing hippos, athletic pigs, and running chickens is a humorous counting story. The rhyming text is short, but funny and gives the reader a bit more to talk about than many counting books for this age group
Boynton’s signature illustration style is in fine form here as her anthropomorphic animals cavort through the pages (see also my post on Blue Hat, Green Hat). The animals change from page to page, so you won’t be counting the same things from 1 to 10. Kids will also be familiar with her characters as they can be seen in many of her other books.
As the end of the book is a celebration, “LOUD! LOUD! LOUD!” it can be fun to follow up with some loud versus soft fingerplays, such as the ones mentioned in my post for The Little, Little Girl with the Big Voice.
There are also quite a few hippos in this book, so try using the poem, Let’s Swim, about 5 hippos. It can easily be done as flannelboard or with stuffed animals. The poem is short so if you have your audience, try repeating it a second time so they can help you more. If you prefer to count pigs (if only all choices in life were this simple) use the classic, This Little Piggy.