Let’s Add Up

Pajama. Nov. 2022. 24p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781772782486.
PreS-K–Simple math problems are lively and fun in this sweet picture book that shows all the different ways to add up to 10, then goes one step beyond, e.g., “6 pots + 4 pans = 10 dishes…or a feast!” The final equation shows how a group of nine friends can welcome one more and it’s a party! The children are an ability-diverse group: two wear glasses, one uses a wheelchair, and one has a hearing aid. They have a range of hair textures and skin tones; in fact, a variety of browns, tans, and pinks are the dominant colors in the illustrations, which also feature a palette of muted primaries (red, blue, yellow). A note to adults suggests four ways to make learning foundational early math skills fun with a child.
VERDICT Add this book to all early childhood collections, and watch the math come out.

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