Teddy Bear Counting

Teddy Bear Counting

  • 1695

By: Barbara Barbieri McGrath / Illustrated by: Tim Nihoff

Bears tumble in!

Learn to count with this rhyming tale of twelve teddy bears tumbling from page to page. Not just a counting book, it also teaches toddlers colors, shapes, and counting by sets as the bears dance, jump, and play. When it’s time to leave, the bears scurry out in groups as readers count down to zero.

Back matter includes a review of the colors, shapes, numbers, and sets presented. Hands-on interaction makes this book perfect for use with bear counters and other classroom manipulatives.

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Barbara Barbieri McGrath, author

Barbara McGrath has written over twenty books for children, including The Little Gray Bunny, The Little Red Elf, and many bestselling math concept books. Barbara lives in Natick, Massachusetts.

Read more about Barbara.

Tim Nihoff, illustrator

Tim Nihoff is the illustrator of Otter Everywhere (Candlewick). He is also a graphic designer. Tim lives on Peaks Island, Maine.

Read more about Tim Nihoff.

Awards & Honors:


  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Book Award
  • Learning Magazine Teachers' Choice Award


Editorial Reviews:

School Library Journal

A rhyming text encourages children to participate by counting the bears (which resemble gummy bears), naming their colors, and identifying various shapes. "First one is red./Yellow makes two./A green bear is three./Count four with this blue." Illustrations and text proceed from 1 bear to 12 and clearly develop concepts for colors, shapes, adding and subtracting, and grouping numbers in sets. Children can easily match numbers with corresponding teddy bears and one large number; all are placed on clean white backgrounds. The artwork is hand-drawn digitally in Adobe Photoshop. This title would be a fun way to introduce these basic skills.


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ISBN: 978-1-58089-215-5

ISBN: 978-1-58089-216-2

E-book PDF
ISBN: 978-1-60734-192-5
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Ages: 3-6
Page count: 32
10 x 7

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