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I didn't realize that the board book was a different story than the soft cover book. The soft cover book was what I wanted, I just preferred it as a board book. The two were similar but still not the same :(.
Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2016
This book is a counting book but it is an unusual one and I would have added on the front "The Crayon Counting Book: Learning Even and Odd Numbers". Although the title would have been a bit on the long side it would have given the readers a heads-up as my sister didn't do so when she gave me the book to read without me getting a sneak-peek or anything.
For children who are learning to read this book may make it harder for they are taught how to count using even numbers first and then the book goes into counting odd instead of just counting normally. When children are having problems counting to begin with they don't need something else to confuse them.
Otherwise I did like the fact that the page had the number spelled out in the top and across from it the actual number as well so children can learn that way. At the same time both spellings and numbers were colored by either new crayons being introduced or the subject matter like blue crayons instead of just being your typical black print.
The other thing I found interesting was the fact that the authors chose not to use just perfect crayons. There were crayons whose wrappers were pulled off or a bit torn. There were perfect whole crayons, unsharpened crayons and those that were stubs on their last crayon legs. The realism of these is what gave this book an extra star although I am still trying to figure out if all these colors were actual colors found in a modern box of crayons since I don't remember those names growing up.
All in all a decent book for older children who are learning odd and even numbers as well colors although they still may not understand the various hues. Otherwise avoid teaching your children with this book if they don't have the concept down yet for counting 1, 2, 3.
I didn't think this book was anything special when I got it from the library, but my 2-year old just loves it. It is simple enough for her to be interested in the colors and numbers. Each page has a color, number, and object and is presented in a consistent way. The only thing I don't like is that the "crayons" sometimes cover over the illustrations of animals etc. and that didn't seem to make sense to me. The big plus for me, though, is that my daughter really enjoys it and is learning by looking at the pages.