Rafa Counts on Papá

Little, Brown. May 2022. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780316540896.
PreS-K–Come along with Rafa and his Papá, who both enjoy knowing exactly how many objects—screws, marbles, and more—there are around them and share a love of measuring the world. They know exactly how far they can run in 22 minutes, they measure how high their dog can jump, and they even try to figure out how to measure the puffiest cloud. Together, they break out all types of tools and devices, including measuring tapes, scales, high-speed cameras, and even an abacus. The illustrations are vibrant and full of action. It is also fun to keep watch for a cat and dog who show up in many of the illustrations. Rafa and Papá both wear glasses, have dark hair and eyes, and are people of color. This sweet story ends with a wonderful series of metaphors determining how much they love each other.
VERDICT With a dearth of stories showing the camaraderie between father and son, this book deserves a place on the shelves.

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