New Zealand artist Ellen Giggenbach’s entrancing illustrations are created using geometric shapes cut from art paper that she has painted with striking designs in sumptuous shades. Here, they are also finished with shiny, raised embellishments, making this outstanding first skills board book as much of a delight to hold and touch, as it is to look at and discuss. There’s plenty more to spot on each page than the items mentioned in the text, as we follow a boy and his mum on their way to the shops (don’t forget to tot up the buttons on the balloon seller’s waistcoat!) – and the fact that the counting stops at five, rather than continuing on to ten or beyond, means that this is an extremely useful resource for helping very young children with their first explorations into the world of number names and symbols.
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