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Mother Goose Numbers on the Loose    by Leo Dillon & Diane Dillon order for
Mother Goose Numbers on the Loose
by Leo Dillon
Order:  USA  Can
Harcourt, 2007 (2007)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

The Mother Goose rhyme anthology book at our house is categorized into rhymes about seasons, animals, children, colors, etc.. This picture book, Mother Goose Numbers on the Loose, aimed at the preschool set, is a compilation of Mother Goose rhymes containing numbers. Many were familiar; others were new to me.

All of the numbers are highlighted in purple, which will aid a child with number recognition. Here's an example of these numerical rhymes: '1,2,3,4,5, / I caught a hare alive: / 6,7,8,9,10, / I let him go again.' And '1 for anger, / 2 for mirth, / 3 for a wedding, / 4 for a birth, / 5 for rich, / 6 for poor, / 7 for a witch, / I can tell you no more.'

The drawings are bold, exaggerated and whimsical. The illustrated characters - both animals and humans - are highly animated and energetic. This well-done book would be a good addition to both a home and a preschool library.

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