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Baby Bear Counts One

Author: Ashley Wolff

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ISBN: 9781442441583

Publisher: Beach Lane Books

Binding: Hardcover

Year Distributed: 2018 - 2019

Availability: Past Books

Themes/Topics: Animals, Numbers

Book Acticity

Fall has arrived in Baby Bear's forest, and the woods are teeming with animals busily preparing for winter. How many animals? Count along from one to ten with Baby Bear as he and Mama hustle home to their cozy den—just in time for the season's first snowfall.


Age Group 3 years

What’s Happening at this Age

  • Knowing the correct way to hold and handle a book
  • Understanding that words are read from left to right and pages are read from top to bottom
  • Starting to notice words that rhyme and enjoys participating in rhyming games
  • Retelling stories
  • Recognizing some of the letters of the alphabet
  • Starting to match letter sounds to letters (like knowing b makes a /b/ sound)
  • May start to recognize their name in print and other often-seen words, like those on signs
  • Beginning to understand that print carries a message

Your child has been hearing and studying the sounds of words for quite a while now. One of the tasks of emergent literacy is to be able to hear individual sounds, to make sounds, and to put sounds together to make words. When we start to play with the letters of our language, we can help our children learn that each letter represents a unique sound or sounds and when we put letters together, they can make different sounds. This is necessary for learning to read. Playing with the sounds of words by singing, reading rhyming books and playing word games can help your child master these letter-sound connections and put them on a path to reading success!

Click here to see a full list of milestones for your 3-year-old as well as tips and activities for you and your child!

Why did we select this book?

We did not choose this book so your child could learn to count to ten. Learning numbers will be important for your child, but learning that things can be counted is even more important. Your child will want to be like Baby Bear, who can count the animals, and like you, who can point to and count the animals as you go.


Book Acticity
Related Activities

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While the page does not have the words “one, two” etc., consider saying them anyway. Point to each squirrel and say, one, two.  As the animals get more and more crowded onto the page, the counting gets more interesting. And speaking of interesting, the more interest you show in the Maine animals on the page, the more curious your child will be. Baby Bear is curious about the sounds and behaviors of animals in the forest, and Mama answers Baby Bear’s questions. You can be like Mama Bear having conversations about the animals around you. If you and your child want to know more, ask your librarian for books on Maine animals.


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