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Denise Fleming has written and illustrated many children's books, including In the Tall, Tall Grass, Shout! Shout It Out!, and Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy. She won a Caldecott Honor for In the Small, Small Pond. Denise published her first painting in the third grade, when she started taking classes at the Toledo Museum of Art and one of her paintings was chosen to be the cover of a teacher's magazine. She now works primarily with paper, by pouring colored paper pulp through hand-cut stencils. She lives in Toledo, Ohio.


PreS-K-- A fresh, upbeat concept book. Lizards, giraffes, toucans, butterflies are available for counting--if only they'll hold still long enough! Fuchsias and oranges, teals and purples roll over the pages blending into each other in Fleming's beautiful couched paper with handcut-stencil illustrations. Her explosions of color and motion are captivating and energizing. When the text says, ``Wiggle, worms!,'' readers can see them slithering right off the page. Double-page spreads feature numbers from 1 to 10, as well as 20, 30, 40, and 50. Each includes its numeral and word in English, slashes representing its quantity, and countable creatures along with a brief salutation or command, such as ``Line up, lizards!'' or ``Stretch, giraffes!'' The more children who Count! under the influence of this title's breezy mood, the better. Very bright, very hip! --Liza Bliss, formerly at Leominster Public Library, MA

Fleming's latest title quickly calls young readers to attention. This introduction to the numbers one to 10--plus 20, 30, 40 and 50--also serves as a lively romp through the wild kingdom. Each spread clearly labels a numeral and animal, and depicts the appropriate number of creatures exhibiting characteristic behavior. An exclamatory phrase then helps to identify the animals' activity. For instance, eight vibrant toucans flock toward one pink berry while the text reads ``Share, toucans!'' Two pages sporting the phrase ``Count again!'' and ``Count again, please'' appear near the end of the book and act as rapid reinforcers. The bold, nearly neon illustrations feature Fleming's inventive dyed-pulp painting technique--the result is a collage that crackles with life. The resounding vitality and immediacy of this selection turn a counting lesson into an exhilarating experience. Ages 2-6. (Mar.)

"The substance here is traditional-numbers from one to ten introduced with animals to count; the idea extended with tens to 50-but the presentation is outstanding....Fashioned with care, intelligence, and artistry-a delight." --Kirkus Reviews, pointer "A fresh, upbeat concept book...Very bright, very hip!" --School Library Journal, starred review "The resounding vitality and immediacy of this selection turn a counting lesson into an exhilarating experience." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

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