One Golden Rule at School: A Counting Book

Holt. Jun. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781250163813.
Toddler-PreS–This story begins with one backpack and two teachers as readers count along during a day in the life of a preschooler. There are three posters on the wall and four stories to read and so on until there are ten students lining up for snack time. Then readers begin to count backwards until the story concludes with one great day at school. The Golden Rule is referenced a few times in the text, but it is a little jarring to the book’s rhythm and interrupts the flow of the minimal text. Alko (B is for Brooklyn) is an award-winning author and illustrator, and her collage illustrations are charming and inventive. The classroom is diverse, with students of different backgrounds and abilities. Each page is replete with fanciful objects, including old-fashioned library catalog cards, which lend a nostalgic feel. However, due to the plethora of items on each page, the counting concept gets a little lost with so much going on.
VERDICT This is an optional purchase for counting book collections.

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