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*Teddy Bear Counting (McGrath Math)* by Barbara Barbieri McGrath, illustrated by Tim Nihoff
Also by Barbara Barbieri McGrath:

The Little Green Witch

The Little Red Elf
Teddy Bear Counting (McGrath Math)
by Barbara Barbieri McGrath, illustrated by Tim Nihoff
Baby-PreK 32 pages Charlesbridge February 2010 Hardcover    

Teddy Bear Counting presents basic math skills to preschoolers in a simple and appealing manner, with images of teddy bears (brightly colored gummy bears) cavorting on a clean white background. Children can match the number of teddy bears in each scene with a clearly marked number on each page. The book teaches important concepts such as primary colors and numbers in rhyming text:
A green one arrives/
Seven now form a group/
Then a blue comes along/
making eight in the troop.
After 12 teddy bears have lined up in a red-yellow-green-blue repeating pattern, they become paired up and moved around in different ways to teach addition, subtraction and basic shapes. The last page has an overview of the main concepts.

Teddy Bear Counting is a good book to use at home or in a school setting, with or without bear or other mathematical counters, to teach preschoolers many important concepts ranging from the simple (colors) to the more complex (sets, subtraction).

The digital images of teddy bears by Tim Nihoff, carefully shaded to represent real teddy bear counters used in many classrooms, are a nice touch.
 


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