Know the Numbers: Dog Loves Counting by Louise Yates
DOG LOVED BOOKS.
HE LOVED READING THEM LATE INTO THE NIGHT AND DIDN'T LIKE TO LEAVE THEM FOR VERY LONG.
But even with books, there can be too much of a good thing. Dog needs more sleep, but counting the customary sheep doesn't do it.
Being an eager reader, Dog turns to his animal book to find some more sleep-inducing animals to count. He finds a page with one big egg on it. He's on his way to counting himself to sleep. Except that something exciting happens--the egg hatches out into a baby dodo.
"BABY DODO, WE ARE TWO!"
Persistent page-turning soon reveals the perfect number 3 animal, the three-toed sloth! A turn of the page shows a camel. Camels have four legs, so that's easy to remember, and then there's the five-lined skink, and the sleepy-time count is on its way.
In short order Dog has found a fly with six legs, a raccoon with seven stripes, a spider with eight legs, and a nine-banded armadillo. But ten is hard: nothing has ten bands or ten legs that he can find, until he sees the picture of a crab--with eight legs plus two claws! It's one to ten and back again!
At last the countdown to bedtime is ready to begin:
ADVENTURES WERE NEVER FAR AWAY--HE COULD COUNT ON IT!
Louis Yates continues Dog's education in her third book, Dog Loves Counting (Knopf, 2013), with the same soft palette and mellow illustrations that made her other popular books in the series, Dog Loves Books and Dog Loves Drawing, winners. Publishers Weekly says, "Yates’s loose drawings give the animals personality to spare as Dog proves that the right story can be a ticket to dreamland—and that there’s plenty of fun to be had there."