The Very Berry Counting Book
written by Jerry Pallotta; illustrated by Joy Newton
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher
6 juicy mulberries
As you can see on the cover, this is a gorgeous board book. Each page contains a different illustrated berry (blueberries, cranberries, salmonberries, elderberries) in a spare yet beautiful design. Obviously, you will want to read this book to practice counting, but there are other uses beyond math. For science, you are helping toddlers to learn plant vocabulary such as leaves, stems, and flowers. Grapes are in the book, so that had me looking for the definition of a berry and would be a good topic of discussion for older students. There are also a couple of berries (salmonberry, elderberry) that will be unfamiliar so you can also research that with your class or child. For writing, you can use this book to do a mini-lesson on adjectives. Words like juicy, tasty, and tart adorn the various fruits. Many kindergarten classes have food units where students try new foods. The Very Berry Counting Book could be a starting point for your child or student to be more willing to try new fruits. This attractive new board book is a luscious literary treat!