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Rooster's Off to See the World - Eric Carle

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Eric Carle / Edition: New Ed / Paperback / 32 Pages / Book is published 1996-05-30 by Puffin Books

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      30.04.2007 18:50
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      Another great book for children by Eric Carle.

      I use this book to teach very young children the concept of numbers, number sets, addition & subtraction.
      Stories are a fantastic basis for introducing or reinforcing counting and numbers as the children are so taken by the illustrations and the story in this particular book that they actually want to count the number of animals on each page, without realising that they are learning about numbers at the same time.

      This is one of Carle's many brilliant books aimed at young children, some of his other works include:
      Do you want to be my friend?
      The very hungry caterpillar.
      1, 2, 3 zoo
      The mixed-up chameleon
      Today is Monday
      Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?

      The story
      In short it's about a rooster that wants to travel around the world. After a short time he begins to feel lonely and when he meets 2 cats he asks them to join him. In turn the 3 animals then meet 3 frogs and invite them to join them on their travels so now there are 6 animals.......................and so on and so on. On the way they meet 4 turtles and 5 fish.
      But as night draws in some of the animals begin to complain that they are cold, hungry and afraid.
      The animals begin to leave the group, first the 5 fish, then the 4 turtles and so on until the rooster is left all alone again. He starts to feel homesick so goes back home where he goes to sleep and has a lovely dream about a trip around the world.

      Educational value
      At the top of each page there is a bar chart as the animals join the rooster on the trip so that the total of animals on the trip can be counted as more and more join him. As they leave the group the bar chart becomes smaller.
      This book is therefore an invaluable resource for helping with counting, adding and subtracting.

      It also demonstrates that the rooster should have thought about food and shelter before embarking on his trip.

      In true Carle style the illustrations are bright, vibrant and bold and the colourful collage style drawings help hold the children's attention.

      Who is is suitable for?
      In my experience it is suitable for 3 to 6 year olds.

      The RRP of the paperback copy is £5.99 but amazon.co.uk have them available from just 1p but be aware of any P&P costs.

      Boardbooks are available from 29p and hardcovers from 2.86.

      ISBN: 0-14-055678-8


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      Using colourful collage illustrations and a simple text, this book takes young readers on a trip with the rooster. As he travels, the rooster is joined by two cats, three frogs, four turtles and five fish, offering the reader a graphic introduction to the meaning of numbers.

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