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Animal 123: One to Ten and Back Again    by Kate Sheppard order for
Animal 123
by Kate Sheppard
Order:  USA  Can
Kingfisher, 2010 (2010)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

If you like counting books I think you'll enjoy this account of a really bad day I had recently. I'm a rabbit (a cute rabbit if I say so myself) and the other day I decided to deliver a birthday card to my sister.

Off I went, but I ran into a fox who started to chase me and, as I hopped away, two frogs saw me drop the card. Four birds and five ladybugs tried to tell me I had left the card behind, but on I went. Some ducks, mice, butterflies and even some fishes attempted to let me know what had happened - unfortunately I didn't understand what they were trying to tell me.

As you can imagine, when I reached my destination the big question was, 'Where's the card?' Well, now I had to retrace my hops (we hop rather than step, you know) and the little fishes, fluttering butterflies, mice, and other critters guided me back to where I dropped the card on three wiggly worms' house.

Unfortunately, guess what? There was one very angry fox waiting for me too. Goodness, gracious, here we go again!

If you like to count up to ten and back down again, there are lots of critters you can practice on in my story. I think you'll also learn to be careful when you have something you need to deliver to someone. Believe me, it's no fun if you lose it along the way!

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