I am a self-proclaimed book fiend. Children's literature holds a special place in my heart - I think it is because my mother is an avid book lover herself and taught me from very early on to love classic, well-written children's literature.
Beautiful, enriching illustrations are just a part of the draw of a wonderful children's story, and so most of the books we review here will have gorgeous drawings.
You will not find any lackluster books on this blog. No vulgar Dora, Spongebob or Disney.
We believe in books that beautify the experience of growing up and learning.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Anno's Counting Book by Mitsumasa Anno

This is the first of Anno's books that we've ever encountered. But I'll surely be searching these out at the library from now on. I'd really love to buy some, too.


Mitsumasa Anno is a Japanese artist and former mathematics teacher. He illustrated this beginners counting book so simply and sweetly.

Each page has only a number (from 0 up to 12 - representing the months on the calendar) and the same pastoral scene that changes as the numbers climb. For instance, the number eight page is representative of the month of August, there are eight houses, eight children playing, eight adults working, eight trees and eight clouds.
Anno's Counting Book has completely captured the attention of this respected panel of reviewers. :) We will be back for more Anno soon.

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