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Everyone Counts

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  12 reviews
From the bestselling creators of Wild About Books comes a rhyming, counting, and teamwork-focused picture book about the beginnings of a new zoo!

When Takoda the tiger cub happens upon a tumbledown mall, the lone cub imagines a zoo. All Takoda needs is a capable crew to lend a paw or two--or three, four, or more.

Two rhinos, three lemurs, four oryx, and eventua
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
"Everyone counts" is a great title. It's both a pun on the fact this is a counting book, and the anti-bullying message to be found inside.

I think it was more than a little weird that the animals were all getting together to build a zoo. I don't think zoos are always bad (or always good), but even at their most altruistic they exist because people are pushing so many species to extinction. Although, the "zoo" in this story is much more of an amusement park, complete with playground equipment and
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Judy Sierra and Marc Brown, famous for drawing Arthur the Aardvark, team up again in this prequel to the wildly popular Wild About Books, which introduced the zoo animals to the joy of reading. Everyone counts, on its surface, is a cute rhyming counting book; but the plot reveals how the zoo came to be in the first place. The contributions of all the adorable animals were necessary. This fun read aloud teaches character development and the value of cooperation and includes clever animal and numb ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved the story! I like that it worked counting into a bigger plot, so it's a much more advanced counting book than the basic concept books we might usually read. I wasn't a fan of the art, though. I do love Marc Brown, but I'm afraid that the muted tones and busy images make the book look a touch dated. Maybe I just prefer a more contemporary, graphic style.
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Reviewed for School Library Journal, 9/1/19. Full review found there.

VERDICT:Kids will enjoy poring over the artwork and the charming end pages, which are replete with silly number puns told by the bugs.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Confusing intertwining story lines--one about bullying rhinos and one counting animals as they build a zoo. I think children would find this difficult to follow as a read-aloud.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very colorful and fun. Nice story with counting and numbers.
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute illustrations in this book of animals building a zoo on a vacant lot. Children learn counting concepts as well.
Oct 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Lisa D
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another classic by this author! Great way to learn how to count!
It was good but my favorite is still Wild About Books.
Megan McCloud
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
But why were the animals building a zoo....
A counting book with a moral.
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I took a roundabout path to becoming a children's author. Out of college I did temporary work in offices and libraries, while at night, I wrote poetry and made strange life forms from cloth. When I teamed up with a puppeteer, Bob Kaminski (my husband), I was able to bring my cloth creations to life. We began performing on the streets of San Francisco, at Renaissance fairs, and at schools. After at ...more