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Sunday, May 5, 2019

How To Two, by David Soman. Dial Books for Young Readers. Penguin Random House, 2019. $23.99 ages 3 and up

"How to three!

How to four?

How to five!

How to ...

How to ...

Kids showing interest in numbers and counting are sure to relish the scenes in this seemingly simple counting book. A lovely spread begins this adventure, showing a young boy celebrating a successful and exhilarating slide at the park. He zips away from the bottom to join the young girl seen in the background sitting on a seesaw. That's how to two ...

Each background provides the clue needed to consider the following number. At each page turn, the child from that scenario becomes a part of the fun ... all the way up to ten. Each new activity will be familiar, and allows for more participants. From skipping to four square, from the sandbox to a picnic shelter (protecting all from the rain when they join another child who is already there), from the shelter to growing puddles, from tree climbing to hide-and-seek, from scientific exploration to a return to the park where they find someone in need of company and friendship, it is a fun read for all.

The arrival of parents and caregivers is welcome as dusk settles over the park. As they head off with their families, there is a sense that it will not be the last time they see each other. The 'slide boy' and his mother head for home together. Once there, he settles with a book until he feels the urge to 'two' again, and takes his book to share with his mom.

David Soman's gorgeous watercolor, ink and colored pencil images of the playground show children finding wonder with others their age, no adults in sight. What a concept! Endpapers ask a pertinent question, sure to send readers back to carefully consider every lovely spread. And count, count, count!

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