A Counting Story from 0 to 7.5 billion
(Wide Eyed) – hardback
Everybody Counts deserves its tranche of international awards. We open to a story, where, upon the first page, readers are invited to consider the number of heartbeats, and those people who may be stargazing. Thereafter, we travel to a forest conversation. What is being shared? While three people appear on the podium of page three, only two are thrilled to be top three. While we take account of the information on each page, there is a conundrum. Furthermore each page increases the curiosity, story and enquiry. We are captive. What is happening?
It seems like this is a counting book, yet there are questions and an interactive story that engages us entirely. This title is like This is How We Do It in terms of its information. However, its open ended enquiry is similar to The British Museum: This or That? Furthermore, as we turn the pages, the depth and levels of information increase; we realise that this title is unique and quite wonderful. Kristin Rokifte has created a magnificent book, ideal for reading alone or sharing, but essential to home and school.