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- The book -
I have used this book with Nursery and Reception children, 3 - 5 year olds.
The book is based on an Indian counting rhyme and deals with numbers from 1 to 10. It begins with an invitation to the reader 'to step aboard the number engines and let's travel together through the far away land of India..'
'Engine, engine number ONE setting off in the midday sun.'
Turn the page and you are once again greeted with a double page spread:
'Engine, engine number TWO. Past the temple of Vishnu.'
'Engine, engine number THREE. Women wearing bright sari.'
And so on with references to Delhi, the desert, monkeys, the Himalayas, Bombay and the Ganges. All rhyming with the number that is being looked at.
The book ends with ' The journey's finished, our fun is done. To travel again, go back to ONE.'
- Style, Format and Illustrations -
Each number is given a double page spread. The number names are written in capitals so that children can commit them to memory if they are at the stage of developing a sight vocabulary.
Each engine has the number / digit displayed on some part of it.
With the exception of the first page which is an introduction to the journey that the reader is about to undertake, has a very simple, rhyming text which even 3 year olds are able to commit to memory after the first few times of listening to the book. It's wonderful to hear them joining in with the rhyme . I am a huge fan of books that encourage active participation!
The illustrations are very rich and vibrant. They display Indian women in saris, camels, monkeys playing, the Himalayas and so on and fit perfectly with the text.
- Educational Values -
Despite the relative simplicity of this number rhyme book, it's educational values are numerous:
~ Develops a sight vocabulary of number names.
~ Encourages children to recognise digits 1 to 10.
~ Develops early counting skills as each engine has the corresponding number of carriages behind it, e.g. engine 7 has 7 carriages trailing behind it.
~ Introduces a multi-cultural aspect to children.
Where and what are the Himalayas?
What and where is the Ganges?
What are saris?
Where is Bombay?
~ Encourages active participation through rhyme.
- Price -
My paperback version, ISBN: 0-7475-5013-1 was £5.99 but you can buy it from amazon at only 73p which is a lot cheaper, even taking P&P charges in to consideration.
- My Verdict -
This is a fabulous counting rhyme book with a multi-cultural aspect.
We have a number of children in our Nursery and Reception classes whose parents are from India and it sparked off lots of discussion about the places that many of them have visited in India, including some of the places mentioned in the books, the Ganges, Bombay etc
A great counting rhyme book even for children who have no links to India. The vibrant illustrations appeal to young children and the rhyme holds most children's attention.
'A richly colourful counting rhyme book set in the glorious surrounds of India' - Junior. 'A counting book that is beautiful to look at, while young children will love the fantastical trains' - Books Magazine. Vibrant illustrations glow with colour as the story, based upon an Indian rhyme, takes a young reader through the numbers from 1-10. A counting book that is beautiful to look at, with wonderfully energetic spreads.