If you’re able, biking to work is a stellar idea. You help the environment and it’s a great way to stay in shape. Just remember to wear your helmet! To celebrate this national holiday, let’s read a counting book about dogs (and a cat) who take all sorts of transportation, including a bike:
This concept book, written by Gabi Snyder, shows counting, from one to 10 and back down again. It might seem like straight forward counting book with the added element of depicting different modes of transportation but take a closer look. Robin Rosenthal’s illustrations depict an underlying storyline with a cat antagonist who follows the dogs while they trike, scooter, and bike through town. I love a book where the child reader knows something the book characters don’t, so I imagine this has the potential for a fun read-aloud. Young listeners will enjoy the bright illustrations, the different dog breeds, different modes of transportation, the increased tension as the numbers go up to a climax, the quick-paced count down, and the little twist at the end. All this adds up to a great picture book!
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Heather is a busy wife and mom of five rambunctious children and one lovable pup They all provide lots of distractions, but oodles of inspiration. Sometimes the pictures and ideas in her head turn into her own children's stories, but she always makes time to read other people's books. Sometimes she reviews them here.