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Anna Vojtech was born in Prague, in what is now the Czech Republic. She has worked as an editor, an illustrator, a film animator and a set designer. She has illustrated many books for children. Her books for North-South include Ten Flashing Fireflies and The Song of the Camels. She lives with her family in Magnolia, Massachusetts.


PreS-Gr 3-A slightly oversized, attractive edition of the classic rhyme. Numbers from 1 to 10, as well as the expected inhabitants of this meadow, are pictured on the opening spread. On each subsequent spread, an illustration of the animal appears on the left and the verse on the right. Sharp eyes will notice, especially as the numbers get higher, that each picture also contains other animals, insects, objects, or plants in the same numbers. For example, there are not only four baby ratties in the barn; there are four hens, four eggs, four trees seen through the barn door, and four prongs in the pitchfork. Although many versions of the verse, both traditional and nontraditional, are available, this is an accessible rendition that children will enjoy in storytime and on their own.-Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

PW called this "a lively variation" on the familiar nursery rhyme. With its "appealing and energetic landscape of boldly applied colors, learning to count is as easy as one, two, three." Ages 3-6. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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