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A starry first book about maths: Dog Loves Counting by Louise Yates



Dog cannot sleep. Whatever he tries, he just can’t drift off. He’s counted sheep but without success. Perhaps there are other animals he could all upon to help him on his way to the land of nod?

Thus starts Dog’s journey through the numbers from one to ten helped along each step of the way by various animals, including a three-toed sloth, a five-lined skink, and a nine-banded armadillo. Dog and the animals make a merry band of friends as they count their way up to ten, with plenty of opportunity for repetition of the numbers by young listeners.

After reaching 10, the concept of infinity is cleverly introduced, along with a sense of awe at the vastness of deserts and night skies; one of the strengths of this lovely book is how it weaves together not only maths and biology for the youngest of children, it also opens the door to geography and astronomy.

A satisfying ending with clever wordplay wraps up this charming book, as perfect for bedtime (you’ll have to read it yourself to see if Dog does manage to end up in dreamland) as for consolidating early maths knowledge.

Yates’ pencil and watercolour illustrations ooze warmth and happiness; her characters are funny and loveable. A regular renaissance pup, loving not only literature (cf Dog’s first – and award winning – appearance in Dog Loves Books,), art (cf his second outing, in Dog loves Drawing) but also natural history and maths, if you haven’t already met Louis Yates’ dear Dog, now is most definitely the time to do so!

Dog Loves Counting by Louise Yates
Published by Random House (March 2013) / Knopf Books for Young Readers (September 2013)
978-0857550156 / 978-0449813423

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3 thoughts on “A starry first book about maths: Dog Loves Counting by Louise Yates

  1. Thank you for sharing this book, Zoe! I share books with a kindergarten class and this looks like one that they would really like.

  2. This looks like a fun book – how can one resist counting with 3-toed sloths and 5-lined skinks? Are there any snakes helping dog count? Because over at Archimedes notebook we’re trying to warm up with snakes by basking in the sun. Sweaters would probably work better today …

  3. Cute book, Zoe! At Booktalking I’m reading 10 Plants That Shook The World by Gillian Richardson (and yes, CHOCOLATE is one of those plants!)