24pp., hbk., RRP $A14.99
One climbs up a tree with an intriguing gift-wrapped package and Two climbs down to receive it. Then they pass it to Three, and together they creep through the hollow log to the burrow of Four. And so it goes on, the group getting larger and larger until they finally reach the home of the recipient. Whose birthday is it? And what could be in the package?
Using iconic but stylised Australian creatures in their natural habitats, this is a delightful story for little ones that uses a minimum of text to tell it, but that text is carefully chosen to explore both numbers and position so that the reader has a better understanding of both. Little ones will have fun identifying each of the animals as well as working out which one has not yet been featured as they try to identify whose birthday it is. And what sort of gift could come in a parcel of that shape and size?
More to this one than it appears at first glance and something new to explore with each reading.