The Number Garden by Sara Pinto

Counting books are a dime a dozen, and unfortunately, most of them are boring, no-brainer reiterations of the same number/object sequence. Of course, that’s not to say that these don’t serve their purpose for infants, but beyond the age bracket of, say, under 12 months, I think toddlers (and their parents) will need something more creative to sustain their interest.

Enter, stage left, The Number Garden, a quirky book that is the antithesis of a simple counting book — yet it can function as just that if you wish.

The book starts off with the number 1 (also spelled out) and on the facing page is the word sun and a large image of it. This is where it gets interesting: the sun is actually printed on a large square flap that can be opened up to reveal a plain landscape with a rising sun. Next, the number 2 spread shows two rabbits, and the flap opens up to reveal the same landscape, but this time the sun has risen up a little higher and the two rabbits are now in the picture, admiring the sunrise. This format of more and more objects being added to the landscape — each time in new, quirky ways — continues until the number 12, when all 78 objects are incorporated into the final spread.

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The great thing about this book is that it kinda grows with the child as he/she learns to appreciate the little details in the illustrations, and I love how the different objects interact to tell a coherent story without using any words — a clear notch above what most of the counting books out there are offering.

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