3, 2, 1, Go!
3, 2, 1, Go!
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Annotation: Learn to count alongside a series of outrageous antics from animal athletes
Catalog Number: #172385
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: W. W. Norton
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 48
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-500-65154-X
ISBN 13: 978-0-500-65154-4
Dewey: E
Language: English
Horn Book
1 shiny trophy / 2 blows on the whistle / 3 hurdles / 4 white lines.
Kirkus Reviews
All kinds of animals are eagerly taking part in an Olympics-style athletic competition in this French import. Numbers counting up from one to 20 and back down from 20 to one are shown, one Arabic numeral plus simple text on each page. Each animal is portrayed doing what they do best: The big cats jump over "3 hurdles" while running between "4 white lines"; the kangaroo does the high jump (landing on "5 crash mats"); the seals do gymnastics (using "7 rings"); and "8 monkeys" bounce on a trampoline. A bear lifts "9 weights"; crocodiles swim in a pool marked by "13 white lane floats" and "14 red lane floats"; a fox plays tennis (accessorized with "16 spare sweatbands"). Onlookers wear "17 pairs of sunglasses" and eat "18 tubs of popcorn" (one elephant does without shades). No. 19 (a ball-playing rabbit) is injured, and the cat referee calls a 20-minute break. Counting down is similarly handled. Whereas many books in this genre illustrate the number of items represented by the number, this book sometimes uses abstract concepts: "2 blows on the whistle," and "a perfect score! 10"; 19 is given similarly short shrift (represented twice by the bunny's jersey number). More seriously, there are some miscounts, notably "3 hurdles" (there appear to be five) and "17 empty water bottles" (there are 18).Morgand's silk-screen illustrations are lively and colorful, but ambiguities and mistakes seriously detract from the value of this book as an educational tool. (Picture book. 3-5)
Publishers Weekly
This lively, eye-catching counting book features animal competitors squaring off in Olympics-style athletic events. Parisian author-illustrator Morgand (ABC: Off to Sea!) counts up to 20 and back down again. A bear lifts a barbell (-9 weights to lift-), a cat referee gives him -a perfect score!- of 10, and alligator swimmers compete in a pool with -13 white lane floats- and -14 red lane floats.- When a rabbit (jersey number 19) is injured playing ball, the referee calls for a 20-minute break. Then, events pick up again with zebra fencing (-11 sword thrusts-), ostrich archery (-9 flying feathers-), and a lion and cow in the boxing ring. Countable objects throughout provide an interactive element, while Morgand-s bright color-contrasting screenprints evoke retro children-s book illustrations. Ages 4-7. (May)
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Publishers Weekly
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3

One trophy to win, two whistle blows, three hurdles. . . . With fresh, eye- popping illustrations, children will learn to count by following the antics of athletic animals in this charming picture book. The playful illustrations capture the motion and exuberance of the animal athletics as young readers sprint through the book to twenty and back again to win the cup, encountering along the way a bear weightlifting, fast felines, hippos in leotards, and fencing zebras.

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