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Larger Numbers and Place Value

Out for the Count by Kathryn Cave and Chris Riddell
Frances Lincoln
When Tom can't sleep, he tries counting sheep but the sheep take him to another world where he meets tigers, pirates and other hazards in large numbers. The illustrations are wonderful - huge spreads with gorgeous animals and an inset picture with shadow creatures which are grouped in tens to make counting easier. A marvellous book which practices place value in a rhyming text which is a delight to read aloud. Children will love it. Ages 4-8
Number range 12, 23, 36, 45, 54, 61, 70, 88 and 97
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One is a Snail Ten is a Crab
by April Pulley Sayre and Jeff Sayre, illustrated by Randy Cecil
(Walker Books)
A bright, humorously illustrated counting book, but with something extra; there are lots of opportunities for investigative number work here. Using feet and a beach setting - 1 is a snail, 2 a person, 4 a dog, 6 an insect, 8 a spider and 10 a crab - we are shown the numbers one to ten and then examples (usually 2 for each) for twenty, thirty, forty, fifty etc. through to one hundred. There are however, many more possible combinations than the ones illustrated for each number: then of course there are all the other numbers in between…
This could set even the most reluctant mathematicians calculating.
(reviewed by Jill Bennett)
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