"Chapman’s acrylic illustrations offer lots of opportunities for children to count, and not just the items named in the text—look carefully for the tiny animals."
"I can see two poisonous red toadstools with white dots."
"Three flowers, three bumblebees and three sticks...
"Four turtles - and one bear! The owl is on the bear’s head..."
"I can count up to twenty - 1, 2, 3...."
"A perfect first counting book!"
Mansfield Public Library, MA, USA
By Karma Wilson
Illustrated by Jane Chapman
Simon & Schuster 2015
Numbers, numbers everywhere! Can you count along with Bear?
The great thing about the Bear books for me is the chance to paint animals like Raven and Gopher – most of the time I just get to do bears, rabbits and mice! In Bear Counts, I was able to illustrate one American robin, three muskrats and five pinching crawdads (another name for crayfish).
My favourite spread is an underwater scene of Bear and his friends swimming through the lilies, with otters, ducklings and tadpoles. It gave me a bit more freedom with the colour palette – and the opportunity to use a bigger brush. You can see me in the process of painting it over on our Facebook page.
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Text © 2015 by Karma Wilson. Illustrations © 2015 by Jane Chapman
Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Simon & Schuster