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Frane Lessac lived for many years on the Caribbean island of Montserrat and is the author-illustrator of numerous books for children. She now lives in Australia.
PreS-K-This book delivers just what the title promises: a counting book about the people, animals, and objects found on a Caribbean island. Lessac introduces each number from 1 to 10 in a rhyming couplet. For example, "Five market ladies wearing shady hats. Six cricket players waiting with their bats." She ends with children celebrating carnival. The illustrations are done in vibrant island colors that will catch readers' interest. The pictures are large enough for group sharing and the items are easy to count. This is a great concept book and a creative way of introducing youngsters to another culture.-Sheilah Kosco, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
This latest addition to the plethora of counting picture books stands out from the rest with its colourful Caribbean theme. Each page features bright, naïve-style gouache illustrations reflecting different aspects of life on a small tropical island. Fittingly, the first page opens with ‘one little island in the Caribbean Sea’; the second follows with ‘two parrots squawking in a coconut tree.’ And so the book goes, from rhyme to rhyme, drawing in colourful and sometimes exotic scenes of Caribbean life on each page. There are donkeys, drummers, big-hatted market ladies and, of course, cricket players. The book finishes with a nice touch—all the numbers one to 10, decorated with something from that number’s page. Children will no doubt have fun backtracking to check the full illustration—making sure the illustrator has got it right! Author/illustrator Frané Lessac, who also wrote My Little Island dedicates this book to the children of Montserrat, where she lived for many years before coming to Australia. Island Counting 1 2 3 should prove popular with parents and teachers who are forever looking at new ways to gently infuse a little awareness of other cultures into the minds of young children. Susie Kennewell is AB&P’s library correspondent C. 2004 Thorpe-Bowker and contributors
Children can learn about life in the tropics in Island Counting 1 2 3 by Fran? Lessac, as they go from "One little island in the Caribbean Sea" up to nine limbo dancers and 10 children celebrating "carnival time!" The final spread depicts all the aspects of daily life featured in the previous pages. A fiesta of colors and images dominate this shimmering, educational book. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
A fiesta of colors and images dominate this shimmering, educational book.--Publishers Weekly A short vacation to a sun-drenched island.--Chicago Tribune