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Mother Goose by Leo Dillon
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Nov 27, 11

Read in November, 2011

1. Genre: Counting
2. The numbers are on the loose and can be found scampering throughout Mother Goose’s Rhymes.
3. Critique
a. Area for Comment: Originality
b. This book presents a new way to teach and engage students in becoming more familiar with numbers. Familiar Nursery Rhymes are written and beautifully illustrated, and any number that appears in the rhyme is highlighted. This book is a great way to begin the progression from concrete to abstract appreciation of numbers because they are used in context as they are in daily life. Children can count the images as well to help illustrate the point.
c. Each page is filled with lovely illustrations of these traditional nursery rhymes and the numbers that correlate with each are in bold print and a different color than the rest of the text, making it easy to spot for young readers. Even the back flap, about the authors, follows the format as the numbers involved in the authors lives are highlighted just as the main text is.
4. For use in school, teachers can incorporate this by using it after the students have some understanding of numbers, but still struggle with the abstract representation of numbers. This uses tunes and images that are familiar to children to help explain this concept. As the teacher reads the book, the students can count on their fingers the amount called for in the rhyme.

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