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Oct 14, 2015 Jane rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Counting Christmas is more than a counting book or a Christmas book; it offers teachers the opportunity to count backwards from ten down to one. Counting is one skill children learn from repetition but number sense where they understand what three or eight objects look like and how they relate to counting is another and more difficult skill that they need as a pre-math skill before they learn to add and subtract in kindergarten. This book offers a great way to read the text and have the children ...more
I've read a lot of Karen Katz. Natalie really likes her book with the flaps. So, when I saw this for a few bucks at Marden's, I picked it up t give to her next Christmas (about 9 months away). I liked how this book counted backwards, because that fits with how we count down the days to Christmas. I was surprised that it didn't have a rhyming scheme (or did I read it so fast I missed it?). I did like that the objects counted made sense for the audience.
This is a good story for young children. I use this for my 2 year old story time. This book counts down to Christmas starting a 10 stringed lights and goes all the way down to 1 happy day celebrated by families and loved ones. I made clip art to go with the story and the kids love to count as I put the items up on the board.
This is a counting book coding down from ten to one. Not my favorite Karen Katz book. Actually pointing to and counting the things on the page together didn't always work. "One day" ... Nothing to count with a child. "Four arms" - she's referring to the parents' four arms but there are ten arms on the page.
This is short and sweet, as the title suggests, a countdown to Christmas. It would be a good book to include in a toddler storytime--short enough to hold their attention, with plenty of ways to spice it up if attention starts to wander, and it's a fun way to incorporate counting.
I could imagine me singing a holiday song to this counting book. The illustrations were very bright and colorful. I thought the book was simple but engaging for young children. They would enjoy the counting and discovering what was next in line.
I am a big Karen Katz fan and her books where a staple at my story times when I was a Children's Librarian. However, this is one of those weird books that rhyme and then don't rhyme and then rhyme again and then sort of rhyme. And that's annoying.
Karen Katz has written and illustrated many books for children, including The Colors of Us, Can You Say Peace, My First Ramadan, Counting Kisses and Where is Baby's Belly Button. Long inspired by folk art from around the world, she was inspired to write her first book, Over the Moon, when she and her husband adopted their daughter from Guatemala, and she wanted to tell the story of welcoming Lena ...moreMore about Karen Katz...