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Everything I Need to Know Before I'm Five

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  203 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
Do you know your letters? Can you count to twenty? Learn all that and more in this all-in-one concept picture book. Perfect for kids heading to kindergarten, this book covers the alphabet, counting, opposites, shapes, colors, and seasons. Award winning author-illustrator Valorie Fisher uses bright, gorgeous photos of retro toys to illustrate these topics in a completely fr ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by Schwartz & Wade
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Wow, this book has all the concepts, and its mix of crazy-bright colors, graphic design, and small toy photography is winning! I'll be giving this one as a gift should I need one for any of the small fry I know! Here's the Goodreads description:

"Do you know your letters? Can you count to twenty? Learn all that and more in this all-in-one concept picture book. Perfect for kids heading to kindergarten, this book covers the alphabet, counting, opposites, shapes, colors, and seasons. Award winning
Alyssa Weber
Oct 21, 2014 Alyssa Weber rated it it was amazing
Everything I Need to Know Before I’m Five by Valorie Fisher is an excellent book for early childhood learners. The book provides colorful images that will capture the attention of young children. Everything I Need to Know Before I’m Five provides images of real objects in order to convey early learning concepts – numbers, opposites, shapes, colors/mixing colors, seasons/weather, and of course the alphabet. This book is great for either parents of a young child or even for a child care facility. ...more
Jan 03, 2017 Nicole rated it liked it
Really cute collages to illustrate the different concepts.
Kim Hunt
Fisher, V. (2011). Everything I need to know before I'm five. New York: Schwartz & Wade Books.

Professional Review: SMITH, R. L. (2011). Everything I Need to Know Before I'm Five. Horn Book Magazine, 87(4), 127-128.

Reference Type: Encyclopedia

Call Number: E Fish

Content Scope: This one volume encyclopedia for preschool through kindergarten covers the alphabet, counting, opposites, shapes, colors, and seasons and uses bright photos of retro toys to illustrate these topics.

Accuracy Authority Bi
Oct 05, 2014 Jrowe rated it it was ok
Shelves: libs-642
Fisher, V. (2011). Everything I Need to Know Before I'm Five. New York: Schwarts & Wade Books.

Choice Book
Counting and Alphabet

Illustrations of large, bold numbers and the quantity of images on the pages correspond. Beyond 10, the use of marbles allow for counting comparison and quantity examples from 11 up to 20. Colorful and bold toy-like illustrations provide reinforcement for the opposites presented in the text. A comprehensive variety of shapes, including geometric solids, include pictur
Feb 22, 2012 David rated it really liked it
Everything I Need To Know Before I'm Five by Valorie Fisher presents concepts children need to know by the age of five.

Numbers, opposites, shapes and the alphabet have featured sections. Both upper and lower case alphabet letters are pictured.

Photographs of vintage toys are used to illustrate the concepts, using bright colors and graphic design. Clever touches include giraffes in bow ties, sheep wearing glasses, penguins with purses, marbles showing numbers 11 - 20, up and down portrayed with m
Addie Lauver
Oct 30, 2015 Addie Lauver rated it really liked it
Plot: In Everything I Need to Know Before I’m Five we actually get a representation of things children need to know before they turn five. Not only does it counts to 20 but it gives examples of opposites, the different shapes, a few different colors and what happens when you mix them. They discuss the seasons and the weather, and even the letters in the alphabet.
Genre: This is a number/concept book. Everything I Need to Know Before I’m Five is a good book for young children. The illustrations/pi
Oct 12, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
My almost-five-year-old son picked this book out from our local library this week. The title seemed just about perfect.

I let my son "read" this book himself before I started reading it to him. He did surprisingly well. He didn't get the "big, little" on the opposites page, but that one was a bit confusing.

If this book is accurate, my son is pretty much on track. He has no trouble counting to 20 unless he goes too fast. Then he leaves out 14. He has no trouble reciting the alphabet unless he go
Brittany Martz
Oct 22, 2014 Brittany Martz rated it really liked it
Shelves: bakers-dozen
The title of this book describes exactly what the whole book is about. This book would be developmentally appropriate for ages 2-5 years old. This book most closely relates to students that are five years old because the book is talking directly about topics that are discussed all throughout Kindergarten. Throughout the whole book, it allows practice for numbers, letters, colors, and seasons to the students. This is a very kid-friendly book that the students could directly relate to. Since stude ...more
Aug 03, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: ncbla
This is a pretty nifty concept book for young readers who have the chance to explore visually numbers, opposites, shapes, colors, seasons, weather, and the alphabet. My favorite page contained four opposite pairings: up/down, long/short, happy/sad, and off/on as the illustrator cleverly shows a moustache curling up and curling down, and then on the same man, long pants and short pants. For each element, the illustrator gathered together toys, paper, wood cutouts, and other found objects and then ...more
Allison Parker
Aug 16, 2011 Allison Parker rated it really liked it
With cleverly arranged still-life photography of objects depicting colors, opposites, numbers and letters, this charming concept book will amuse the whole family. Young readers first learning their ABCs and other sets of knowledge are sure to delight in the bold, bright, busy (but not overwhelming) photos that give every opportunity to find silly surprises alongside well known basics. Meanwhile, adult readers are likely to be struck with joyous nostalgia in seeing small vintage toys here and the ...more
John Cruz
Sep 16, 2015 John Cruz rated it it was amazing
This book is great! I love the illustrations, which make me feel as though I can lift whatever is on the page and hold it in my hands. I am not completely sure a child would know they are learning anything. This book is not drilling children on their colors, seasons, shapes, alphabet, counting, weather, and opposites. There is something to be said for Fisher's effectiveness in conveying what she wanted to say in one book. These concepts are usually found in separate books. Fisher creatively made ...more
LaToya Hixon
Even though this book did not not tell a story, it was still a great book. It is a great book for teacher that is teaching young children about their ABC's, counting,colors, and etc. The title of the book really fits everything in the book. the information in this book is everything you should teach a child before they are five. I recommend this book for future teachers and parents with children that are on their way to reaching the age five. I read this book to my niece and I think it was a gre ...more
Jan 25, 2012 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Because this is just a concept book (there's no narrative), this would be an easy book to hand to preschooler to keep them busy; there's a lot to look at. This book has limited appeal though, since there's not a narrative. Once a child can name or count everything, I can see them losing interest pretty fast. A good tool to use with ELL families though, to help them understand the sorts of things they can teach their child (in the language they are the most comfortable) to help them be ready to s ...more
Jess Farabaugh
Everything I Need to Know Before I’m Five by Valorie Fisher is an educational concept picture book for children ages 2 to 5 years old. Children can use this book to help learn their letters, count to twenty and more! This book is perfect for children who are going into kindergarten! It covers the alphabet, counting, opposites, shapes, colors, and seasons. The book is filled with award winning author-illustrator Valorie Fisher photos, which are bright, stunning photos of retro toys. Teachers and ...more
Victoria Hylind
Oct 22, 2014 Victoria Hylind rated it really liked it
Shelves: baker-s-dozen
This book is perfectly described by the title, everything a child needs to know before they are five. In this book, it practices numbers, letters, colors, and seasons. I would use this book in my preschool classroom to allow the students to have mirrors for what they are learning. These are the concepts that are focused on in preschool, so when they see them inside a book and they know it, it will promote their self-esteem. This will provide mirrors for students to reflect and see what they are ...more
Fun concept book illustrated with tons of tiny toys! The toys are whimsical and old-fashioned and looked like the ones you find in Walter Wick's I Spy books. Covers concepts like numbers 1-10, opposites, and the alphabet. Some ideas work beautifully, like shapes. Others, like combining colors (red duck + yellow duck = orange duck?) or the alphabet (a doll in sunglasses and a skirt for S) were not always spot on. Still, lots of fun stuff to look at, and good practice for kindergarten concepts.
Sep 19, 2012 Kifflie rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This book is several concept books in one. It covers numbers, shapes, the alphabet, seasons, weather, opposites, and colors. The illustrations are interesting -- though there are a few that aren't immediately obvious -- "s" for "sunglasses" took a little more thought than it probably should have, as did "t" for "teacup."

It's a colorful piece of work, just probably a little more sophisticated than it needs to be.
Valorie Fisher, the photographer/stylist for the Moxy Maxwell series, digs into her toy box for this photo primer of everything kids should know before entering kindergarten. From numbers to letters to colors to shapes, the fundamentals appear in delightful photos starring plastic animals and dolls. My only complaint is that some of the examples lack originality. I'm sure I've seen that x-ray, yo yo, zebra grouping.
Ken Martin
Nov 04, 2014 Ken Martin rated it liked it
Everything I Need to Know Before I’m Five is a fun book. This book would definitely grab your readers. The book is unique in that it bends the rules and I think student’s will love it. This book would be great for younger children in kindergarten. The book introduces them to many things while not being to much information. Children would easily be able to read the book and learn something about numbers, colors, mixing colors and much more. The book covers a nice variety of learning.
Alyssa Fortna
Dec 14, 2014 Alyssa Fortna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reading-record
This is a great concept book for young learners between the ages of 2 and 5. It incorporates pictures of real objects to assist in the learning of concepts such as shapes, numbers, colors, seasons, and the alphabet. Young children will definitely enjoy this fun and colorful way of learning. I would incorporate this in my Pre-K classroom, and use it during our morning circle time.
Nov 16, 2013 Diane rated it it was amazing
Great book for parents of preschoolers. What is it I need to know before I'm five? alphabet, shapes, colors, numbers, and opposites.

"The illustrations are assemblages of toys, paper and wood cutouts, and other found treasures photographed by a digital camera." Lots of interesting things for students to look at in the pictures.
Oct 11, 2011 Ed rated it it was amazing
I thought this was an amazing book, and I only wish I had a child under five to read it to. My kids would have loved this book. The pictures are colorful and interesting, with a mix of modern and old. It is a great counting/alphabet/colors/shapes/etc... book that is excellent for early readers.
It is true, every page has something that kids should know about before they are five. Things that are included are numbers (1-20), the alphabet, weather (sunny, rainy, snowy, etc.), opposites, and the like. I liked some of the figures that were used to portray each thing. It almost reminded me of an I-Spy collage but in an organized and themed way.
Destiny Dawn Long
It's a no-narrative multi-concept book... covers a ton of topics. I like that it includes some more advanced topics than the usual toddler concept books. I also enjoyed the illustration style of using vintage toys. It was a clever idea that added a dimension of play to the book. My daughter also enjoyed them--and especially commenting on little details.
Mar 02, 2012 Hilary rated it really liked it
Visual humor gets the job done. Addresses most (all?) major concepts that most (all?) preschools/kindergartens require students to know before admitting them into primary school. Crisp, clear, colorful photographs (perfect for concrete thinkers). Good choice for classroom libraries.
Mrs. Nelson's
Jul 05, 2011 Mrs. Nelson's rated it really liked it
This book has everything: numbers, colors, opposites, and more. The pictures are what make it special - unique vintage toys that will enchant kids and adults alike. Give this to toddlers and preschoolers who are anxious to know what the big kids know!
--Review by Lauren
Jennifer Heise
Jun 17, 2014 Jennifer Heise rated it it was ok
Shelves: beekman, picturebook
Mommy tried to read it to/with a five year old, but it was a bit slow going and he didn't like it. I think it would be a great book to share with toddlers and preschoolers, but there's no plot. Test drive it with your toddler and buy a copy to return to again and again. Cute, clear illustrations.
Sep 09, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-s-books
While I thought this was a pretty good teaching/learning book, it obviously lives up to its name because my already 5 year old deemed it "boring". The photographs of random objects has the feel of an I Spy book although focused. Goes through numbers, alphabet, seasons, weather, feelings, etc.
Nov 13, 2011 Jenny rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I thought the dolls were a bit creepy but I think that's just my issue! I liked the use of random little toys. A very vibrant and busy (in a good way) book. My former four-year-old self would have loved it.
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