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Count on Me

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  355 ratings  ·  92 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. Ot
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Tundra Books (NY) (first published 2019)
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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 made up for by the fantastic section at t
MissBecka Gee
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.
Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
I really liked this book and would probably have liked it even more when I was a young kid. I think it’s a great book for math phobic kids and also for young kids who enjoy math and want to share the joy with others who might not understand why they love the subject.

Lovely illustrations. Some good basic math facts at the end using pictures of shapes and such. Made very easy to understand for all ages.

I also like that an interracial family is portrayed and that many different kinds of passions
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.), rather t
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.

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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
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
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. ...more
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful ode to the beauty and artistry of mathematics. Count on Me follows Katherine and her family in the search for her passion. Each member of the household has a talent: her father paints, her mother is an entomologist and her brother is musical yet Katharine just can't pinpoint her skill or passion. Even all the activities at school don't seem to call her. It is only when she learns to let go and allow her passion to find her that the answer comes in the guise of mathematics.

Katharine s
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! ...more
Steff Fox
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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 Cou
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
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
***Book Lady ***
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! ...more
Amy Aldridge
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I’ve come across many picture books that talk about or hint towards a love or passion for certain things in life, but I’ve never come across one that talks about a love for maths. And for this reason, and many others, I loved this book! I’m a strong believer in every child should have the opportunity to find something they love to do in school, and many children may be stuck in the stereotypical idea that maths is hard and not much fun. This book throws that idea out the window, I would love to ...more
Shane Harcombe
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great little book that celebrates following your passions, not caring about difference and about all the ways maths can be found in our world. A great section at the back expands on the story and helps people see how patterns and mathematics can be found in our world.
Ana Calabresi
This book encourages kids (specially girls) to explore math. I love books that challenge gender stereotypes and this one does just that.
Franki Sibberson
I like the endnotes with some math vocabulary and examples.
A good SEL read for young girls of color who defy stereotypes and follow their truth/passion!
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.
Storytime With Stephanie
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 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
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
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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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
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! ...more
Aliza Werner
This little girl’s passion is MATH! Add this to your STEAM collection.
Guilherme Semionato
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
A book embracing the passion for Math that is not passionate at all. Cold, distant, a bit boring.
Ms. B
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, picture
What's your passion? For the little girl in this STEM/STEAM picture book; it's math. Math is everywhere in this fun picture book. I loved the text, illustrations and mesaage in this one. ...more
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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 soñar (Edi ...more

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