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Count on Me

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  150 ratings  ·  43 reviews
A young girl sees the world differently in this beautiful picture book celebration of math.

Everyone has a passion. For some, it's music. For others, it's art. For our heroine, it's math. When she looks around the world, she sees math in all the beautiful things: the concentric circles a stone makes in a lake, the curve of a slide, the geometric shapes in the playground
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Tundra Books (NY)
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Count on Me is a good little book. We follow a little girl who is struggling to explain to everyone that her passion is math. I like the illustrations (though, goodness, I wish the dad would maybe shave or at least tidy things up a bit!), and in most cases few words are needed on each page to make the ideas really clear.

I do wish that her love for math was integrated into some of the other activities she attempted and dismissed, but that is more than
I loved everything about this book! Including the hair (you heard me Jane)
A math nerd enjoying math in everyday life?
Yes please!
This will be lots of fun to share with tiny humans!

Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for my DRC.
La Coccinelle
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a story about a little girl whose passion is math. She's tried all sorts of other things--from cooking to music--but nothing excites her the way math does. She sees it in everything around her. The main message is that everybody sees the world in a different way, and being passionate about math is a good thing.

I do kind of wish the main narrative had emphasized more the relationship between math and all of the girl's experimental activities (dance, cooking, sports, music, etc
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-acheter
A little gem right here! Wow! First of all I love the artwork so much!! Beautiful! And I also really like the story, about this little girl finding her passion and enjoying her life through it. Passion are important and kids should explore more and not be afraid of liking what they like. It has also a fun little informative pamphlet at the end on the notion the character talk about in the book. Perfectly done!!
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is kind of a cute, slow burn sort of story about a little girl who explains that everyone has a passion, and hers happens to be math.

And if you wonder how anyone could have such a passion, then she shares her notebook, where it is all explained, and you get to understand a little better.

count on me

This is kind of a cute, slow burn sort of story about a little girl who explains that everyone has a passion, and hers happens to be math.

And if you wonder how anyone could have such a passion, then she shares her notebook, where it is all explained, and you get to understand a little better.

count on me

And through this notebook you get to learn about fractals, and trajectories. You get to learn that math is more than just adding numbers together. And it all makes sense that she would love it so much.

A good story for children who have different types of passion, and perhaps this will also encourage them to have these types of passion.

Thanks to Netgalley for making this book avialble for an honest review.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-chapter
Count on Me is the story of a young girl who knows her life passion is the math that makes the world go round-- whether it's in nature, buildings, or art, math is everywhere! I love illustrations like the ones in Count on Me, with color used to pop out important pieces of each picture. A perfect book for the child who looks for the answers to life's measured wonders.
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Being a math-phobic artist type, I loved that this book made math seem so wonderful. The girl's love for math is infectious. Illustrations are charming. I love seeing the beauty of complex math equations juxtaposed to the artwork. Math needs a love letter and this is it!
Steff Pasciuti
You guys, Count on Me by Miguel Tanco was so damn cute. I don't even know where to begin with how much I adored this book, but ultimately it comes down to two things. The first is how it portrays the main character's love of math, a slightly unconventional passion for most children. The second is the inclusion of diversity. I always love seeing characters who offer those who have rarely seen themselves in media the opportunity to do so. And honestly, I cannot wait for Count on Me to find its way to a great many shelves for all thefor Countwas guys, Count ...more
Franki Sibberson
I like the endnotes with some math vocabulary and examples.
Alicia Bayer
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love, love, love this little picture book about a girl who loves math. The illustrations are darling and a lot of math is worked into such a sparse little picture book. I love the fact that the reader can see how math is involved in the things the girl does and sees (she looks at a painting and sees a long math equation, flies a paper airplane and sees the trajectory, etc.) and then at the end we get to read her notebook of sketches and explanations of math concepts like concentric circles, po ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awesome story! I love that a child enjoys math! The illustrations were a bit too small to see on my Kindle, but I bet they'll look great in the book! Colorful, too. I also enjoyed the end of the story that included explanations of math concepts such as sets, concentric circles, and trajectory! Wonderful intro to math for littles!

I received a Kindle arc from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have yet to read a picture book focused on math. There are many great STEM books, science books, fairy stories, books about art, etc but I can’t think of a book focused solely on math. Thanks to Miguel Tanco and Tundra Books, Count on Me hits shelves this spring.

In the story a little girl has tried all of the different activities offered at her school. She has tried sports and arts endeavours but nothing she tries are right for her, except for math. Her mind sees math all around her, in natur
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Do you have a particular passion for something? Is it music? Is it painting? Is it cooking? Well today's little heroine has a passion for math. What? How could anyone possibility love math?

This young girl looks around her world and see shapes, and numbers and all the math possibilities that surround her. Math seems to be hidden from others but to her it is exposed. She sees geometric shapes on the playground, concentric circles as she skips stones across the water, and the curve of playground s
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love, loVE, LOVE this book! There are so many wonderful things about Count on Me, written and illustrated by Miguel Tanco: the images, storyline, message…everything! It’s been awhile since I’ve read a picture book that seems to have it all.

Count on Me is a story about a young girl who lives with a family of people who know their calling; her mom is a scientist, her dad is a painter, and her brother is a musician. Through subsequent pages, readers begin to see the girl’s passion take shape. It
Teresa Grabs
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tanco's story and illustrations are perfect! The main character, a young lady with a very supportive and creative family, has tried her hand at everything, but nothing seemed to be "her" except for math, and that's okay. As Tanco writes, "there are infinite ways to see the world." The focus on the character's math journal shows young readers how math just entertained them without them knowing. This book should be in every kindergarten classroom and homeschool library.

Thank you NetGalley and Pen
Muhemed Masika
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really loved this little children's book! The illustrations are wonderful and the message about finding your passions among the infinitesimal choices in our world is fantastic!
Laura (Book Scrounger)
The unnamed girl in Count on Me begins by telling us that everyone has a passion. She shows some of her family members' passions, as well as some of the things she tried that just weren't for her. Then she reveals what her passion is: math. She enjoys looking for it in the world around her, in the form of geometric playground equipment, concentric circles in the water, etc. While this section of the book doesn't go into a lot of detail about mathematical concepts, it serves to present math as a ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A little girl's passion is math! Her family doesn't always understand, but she alerts the reader to the way she sees the world, and a visual glossary at the end specifies the math behind her observations (trees, trajectories, etc). As another reviewer pointed out, there's a disconnect when she dismisses other pursuits that ALSO involve math -- music, sports, cooking. But the central message is there, and it's great to see a girl in this role. Miguel Tanco's ink and watercolor illustrations are d ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A culturally diverse story featuring a young child's passion for math and how they see and use it every day, every where. A fun feature is the "math notebook" in the end the depicts different math concepts, which when re-reading the book you can look for in the story!
Aliza Werner
This little girl’s passion is MATH! Add this to your STEAM collection.
Sandy Brehl
The number of things to enjoy about this book nears "infinity"!
The main character who loves math is a mixed-background female.
She notices differences in everyone around her, not in their skin tone or hair, but in passions!
She recognizes and explores opportunities to discover other passions, despite her own inborn passion for math.
"Math" is not equated with numerals, counting, or calculations, although that aspect of math does make an apperance, eventually.
The oversize, textured,ma
Laurie Hnatiuk
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture
A softly illustrated book that allows the reader to follow a young girl who is sharing the passions of her family and others and how they did not feel right for her. She them lets the reader in on her passion, math. She shares with us how math is in her everyday life both hidden and in plain sight. It's shapes on a playground, forms and patterns in nature, and group problems at dinner. It's also how she plays with those shapes, forms, and problems; they're part of her everyday world. And just li ...more
Wayne McCoy
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
'Count on Me' with words and illustrations by Miguel Tanco is a picture book about how it's ok to like different things. In the case of this ebook, that is math.

The young girl in the book observes all the passions of the people in her family, like painting or studying insects. At school, we see her trying all kinds of things like dance and cooking and acting, but her true passion is math. She sees it in everything, even the stones she skips in the lake.

There are many thin
April Gray
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely story about a little girl finding her passion- math! After observing her family's passions- art for her father, entomology for her mother, music for her brother- and trying different things at school, like sports, drama, dance, she realizes that her passion is for math. She sees math everywhere she looks- the concentric circles in water when she throws a stone into a lake, the fractals in tree branches, geometric shapes in the playground equipment- and that makes her happy. At t ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classroom-use
This is a very simple picture book with a very big message. First of all, it's one of those books that you want to use to help students realize that math can be cool and more prevalent in your everyday life than you realize. More importantly though, I like that it says that you can be passionate about anything you want-even something like math that others might not understand. She sees math and understands the beauty in the levels of math evident in science and nature. Then, in the back of the b ...more
This sweet picture book shares the experience of a little girl who loves math. Sometimes that's hard for the others around her to understand, but she sticks with her passion and tries to share it with her family and friends. I think this would be a good book to share with young readers at the beginning of the school year as it could serve as a springboard for kids to find what their passions are. There's also some fun geometry information at the back of the book that might have young mathematici ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is about following your passion and being true to yourself. After she tries many activities that others seem to be good at, the little curly haired girl in this book realizes for her its all about math. A story to encourage young readers interested in STEM to follow their dreams. Future mathematicians get a glimpse of some basic concepts included in her math journal.
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved this for the beauty and the simplicity and the joy of Maths! Wish that they would have followed the obvious link between Maths and every activity that the MC tried (there is the correlation in the very nifty notebook in the back), but this would have been such a simple thing in the story. Would have given this 5 stars if that had happened.
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love the illustrations! And the message that everyone has different passions, and that this young girl adores math (instead of some other, more girly thing)! Could work well in a preschool or older storytime.
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I’m a children’s book author and illustrator. I teach illustration and organizes creative workshops around the world. I had published over 40 children’s books including You and Me, Me and You (Chronicle books 2017) Les Farfelus (Les Fourmis Rouges 2015) , Sing me a song (Edelvives 2015) Una jirafa mia (Sm Brazil, 2014), Un caramel Amarillo (Edelbra Brazil, 2014),, Cuentos para dormir y sonar (Edic ...more
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