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1 2 3 Beach: A Cool Counting Book    by Puck & R. D. Rojas order for
1 2 3 Beach
by Puck
Order:  USA  Can
Duo Press, 2012 (2012)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

This simple board book pictures things you'd find at the beach. An umbrella, some balls, lifeguard chairs, flip-flops, and surfboards are just some of these items. Whether it is a number of leaping dolphins, star fish or red crabs, the idea, of course, is to count what you see on each page.

At the back of the book is the Let's Talk section which features a series of questions about each of the pictured objects. For example, 'What color is this umbrella? What is your favorite color? Can you walk like a crab?' are some of the questions you can use to engage the youngster in a conversation.

This is a good idea because no text accompanies the illustrations so this is purely a picture/counting book. Frankly, though, I think probably any creative parent can come up with a better set of questions that will engage the child. When you turn to the page with six pails, try asking 'What do you see in the pail?' From there you can move on to 'What else can you carry in a pail?' or 'What other toys can you play with at the beach?'

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