Can You Find 12 Busy Bees?
New Frontier, 2019
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
In 2017, Gordon Winch and Patrick Shirvington presented our youngest readers with an introduction to some of this country’s native fauna and flora in the hauntingly beautiful Can You Find Me?. Now they have teamed up again to delve closely into what might be living in the garden with this new counting book that is as stunning as the first.
Beginning with some of the larger creatures such as the blue-tongued lizard and kookaburras, young readers are enticed to look more and more closely at the illustrations to discover just what might be hiding amongst the trees, bushes, flowers and leaves, culminating in a challenge to find all of them in the final spread. As well as the introduction to iconic creatures and enabling the reader to practise their counting skills, like the first book, it encourages them to look more closely at their environment and see it with new eyes, to appreciate it more and perhaps even preserve it more carefully.
A counting book that does so much more than help little ones count.