Counting Sleepy Sheep (with CD)
Rory Zuckerman
Little Lion Press (2007)
ISBN 9780979639333
Reviewed by Cayden (age 3.5) and Max (age 20-months) Aures and Mom for Reader Views (4/08)

“Counting Sleepy Sheep” is a sturdy bedtime board book that explores numbers 1-10 through a fun rhyming story about a little boy who can’t sleep so he tries counting sheep.  The book also has an accompanying audio CD that reads the story and has a sheep “Baaaa” so little ones know when to turn the page.

Cayden:  “Cool!  This book has a CD!  Mom, can we listen to the CD and read the story after you read it to us?”

Cayden:  “He can’t fall asleep.  I always can’t fall asleep every night.”

Max:  “Sleep!  Bed!”

Cayden:  “Look, there is the number 4!  And there is the number 5!”

Cayden:  “She is fixing the wagon wheel with a wrench!  I have a wrench in my toolbox!”

Max:  “Tool!”

Cayden:  “He is playing hoop ball!”

Cayden:  “Max- look!  That sheep’s name is Max too!”

Max:  “Max!”

Cayden:  “My favorite page was number 2 because I was 2 after I was 1.  I also like 3 because that is how old I am now.”

Parent’s comments:
My children absolutely loved this book, both with me reading it and listening to it on the CD.  The illustrations were very eye-catching and the rhymes were a lot of fun.  Cayden especially liked identifying the numbers printed on each sheep and trying to get Max to repeat them after him.  He also felt like a “big boy” listening to the audio CD because he could do it all by himself as there was a sheep “Baaaa” when it was time to turn the page.  He listens to it over and over again counting along with them.  “Counting Sleepy Sheep” is a very fun educational book and we highly recommend it!

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