1, 2,3 TO THE ZOO has been a big hit at our house. The board book editions of Eric Carle's books that we have tried have all been excellent.
1, 2,3 TO THE ZOO gives us a number of things to talk about as we flip through the pages:
- 10 different zoo animals: introduced one by one, and then you can look for them on the last page, which shows all in the zoo
- Numbers: introduced one by one, so that you can acount the number of animals on each page. There are also many beautiful numbers on the inside cover pages, which my toddler loves to look at.
- A train: the first page shows an engine, and you see the boxcars with animals getting added at the bottom of each page, until the last page when all the cars are empty
- The little mouse that appears on each page: a totally inspired addition by Carle, as our baby loves to look for the mouse on each page
Our toddler seems increasingly interested in numbers, and this book seems like a great way to feed that interest. We have had the book for three weeks, so it is not brand new, and he currently asks to read 1, 2,3 TO THE ZOO three to four times a day.