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 How to two
 Author: Soman, David

 Publisher:  Dial Books for Young Readers (2019)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [35] p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 834114 ISBN: 9780525427841
 Ages: 3-5 Grades: K

 Play -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction

Price: $22.08

A child's solitary day at the playground turns into a park-wide adventure as he learns how to play with nine new friends as he counts up then does a reverse count as the day ends.

   Kirkus Reviews (01/15/19)
   School Library Journal (04/01/19)
   Booklist (02/01/19)
 The Hornbook (+) (00/03/19)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 02/01/2019 This counting book, which celebrates the joy and energy of childhood, opens dynamically, with the first pages showing one child flying off a slide and right into the next page. With the page turn emphasized, one child becomes two, playing on a slide. And so the pattern begins, as the two become three jumping rope and four playing ball, until there are 10 children actively engaged. The colorful illustrations, mostly two-page spreads, celebrate activities children of all backgrounds love, including splashing in puddles and playing hide-and-seek. There are some shadows of friends waiting to be included, and many pages have animals that readers are asked later to discover. The rhythm of the story changes with the final activity, which is pictured in multiple smaller images; one goes to the library and chooses a book before becoming two in mother's lap. Children will easily see themselves in the many activities presented—and hopefully remember to count as well. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 04/01/2019 PreS-Gr 1—Soman provides a look at how children spend a day at the playground. He starts with one young boy who is having a wonderful time flying down the slide by himself. The simple text describes this image as "How to one." As the story develops, each page shows an increase in the number of children interacting together and the text remains simple: "How to two…. How to three" and so on until 10. The illustrations portray children of differing genders, skin color, hair color, and clothing type. As the numbers grow, the activities begin to change. While a seesaw is great for two, digging in the sand is much more suitable for five. The illustrations keep the story moving and allow for readers to have conversations about what is going on. After the book reaches 10, the original protagonist heads home alone and it begins again. This time, "How to two" depicts the boy and his mother or caregiver reading a story together. VERDICT Recommended for general purchase for most picture book collections. While many will see this as a counting book, it is also a delightful tribute to the sheer joy and innocence of childhood.—Kristen Todd-Wurm, Middle Country Public Library, NY - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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