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I Can Count Paperback – Illustrated, 19 Jul 2010

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  • Paperback: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher; 1 edition (19 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753430428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753430422
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.2 x 26.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,742,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this interactive and colourful title, child-friendly ‘wipe-clean’ spreads allow children to practise writing numerals and counting objects. The special pen and wipe-clean element allow children to first copy and then write each numeral, again and again, before progressing onto more complex activities, such as counting objects in clearly identifiable groups and counting objects scattered across a spread. The colourful design treatment makes these interactive books highly appealing.

About the Author

Simon Abbott lives with his family in Suffolk, UK, and has been illustrating children’s books, toys and games for over 10 years. His favourite subjects to draw are smiley snails and funky fish. When he hasn’t got a pencil his hand, Simon likes to run, and he has completed both the London and Barcelona Marathons. He also coaches his youngest son’s school football team, though they are still waiting for a win!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Neil Goodacre TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 July 2010
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Well, this month's Vine newsletter was pretty quiet so I decided to grab this and the sister publication I Can Write: At Home as I thought they might be of benefit to my little boy (just-turned two at the time of writing) and I have to say, they're pretty good!

There's not much to "I Can Count" but it does the job that it sets out to do admirably. Included, and jutting out from the front cover (more on this later), is a dry-wipe marker with a nifty brush eraser built into the cap. Open it up and we have a two-page spread that says "Count from 1 to 5" and has, in typical children's book style, items to count with the relevant number next to them. There is also a dot-to-dot version of the number for children to learn with and a blank space for those confident enough to try and write on their own. Any mistakes are easily remedied with the nifty little brush thanks to the glossy finish of the pages throughout.

The next two spreads each contain an image with one, two, three, four and five of various objects, the idea being for the young learner to count how many of said object there are and write it down in the handy white box included. There are no dot-to-dots now so only the most accomplished number-writers should attempt these stages! After that, the formula is repeated with number six to ten before a final page where we can show how good we are at writing the whole lot form one to ten - again, no dot-to-dots.

Now, I'm no expert, but I think this is a great learning tool. My little boy is not writing numbers yet but he can count and obviously enjoyed counting with Daddy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charliecat on 22 July 2010
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I picked this up for my 2 and half year old niece who is just getting the hang of counting (although she can't write the numbers yet she had a great time scribbling all over it and rubbing it out). It's a lovely, bright, colourful book with a rather fab glossy wipe-clean surface and a pen with a brush rubber on the top so the numbers can be rubbed out and traced again and again.

The first half of the book has the numbers written in a white box and another one in 'dot-to-dot' style for the child to 'trace' and the next section the child has to count the animals/objects and fill in the numbers in the white boxes for themselves with no dot-to-dot to help them out.

A critcism with the design which has been mentioned by earlier reviewers: The pack for the pen on the front makes it impossible to lay the pages flat and has to be removed before writing and then the pen is left loose and we managed to mislay it in about five minutes (happily it's now turned up again). Perhaps would be better if the pen was attached to the book with string or something similar. This is the only problem I've found in an altogether excellent learning tool and fun book for children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stracs VINE VOICE on 15 Sept. 2010
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Before receiving this book, my 3 year old could write numbers 1, 3 and 0. Since getting the book, he can now write 1,2,3,6,7,8,9,0 and 4 and 5 are nearly there! Whilst he could also already count beyond 10, this book has been instrumental in his numerical development, encouraging him to write the numbers, and being able to recognise the quantity of something simply from sight, rather than having to count out.

One of the best features of the book is the inclusion of a pen with its 'rubber' lid. This simply clips away within the cover and enables your child to remove it and start playing. My son loves being able to write his own numbers and then rub them out so he can start all over again. This also improves the longevity of the book and the cost effectiveness of it.

I would highly recommend it to parents, my son loves it and takes it everywhere with him.
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By M. Mohamed VINE VOICE on 31 Aug. 2010
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I chose this after being happy with other books from the same series (I can draw and I can write:at school), so I was expecting to be pleased with it and was not disappointed. These books are bright, colourful and appealing and the white clean format is so practical as it can be reused again and again without building up a huge pile of used up paper. If it was a paper book that can only be written in and maybe rubbed out a few times, then I would be reluctant to let my 2 year old have a go on it as he does not complete everything properly, so it would be just a few scribbles and the book is wasted, but with these wipe clean ones he can keep trying as much as he wants, and even if all the pictures are scribbled on it can be cleaned. It is definitely educational, after drawing on it a few time I noticed he can make a good attempt on the dot to dot lines of some of the numbers. He can not write the numbers out yet but these books give them the chance to keep practising so many times that it's got to help them pick it up. Even without the writing aspect there is a lot that young children can do, counting the pictures and recognising the pictures. I would say out of the others of the set this one is more suited to the young children, so a good one to start off with, although I can see it lasting years as they progress from tracing on the dot to dot lines, to writing the numbers by themselves. It would be good if there was an alphabet book of this, to come before the writing at school and home ones. It is a simple concept but these books are just really nice and bright and practical, as well as fun, so would recommend. It seems like good value as they are pretty cheap too.
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