5 Wild Numbers

A lively introduction to the world of numbers one to five, this beautiful board book doubles up to showcase jungle animals in their natural habitats. Short rhymes on each page accompany artistic illustrations of both numbers and creatures while we encounter wildlife in every sense of the word as ‘One fierce tiger paces’ and ‘three parrots squabble, squawk and scold’. In a unique twist on the numbers theme, Bella Gomez has included a large image of each digit with the added feature of a moveable disc which readers can use to trace the shape of every number. The result is a fantastic tool for learning how to write numbers as well as encouraging the use of fine motor skills.

As this is a board book, the assumption may be that it is aimed towards very young children, but a guideline on the back explains its suitability for ages 3 plus, an appropriate note as the unusual design has resulted in a heavy volume which could be difficult for very little hands to manage! Striking images in tropical colours create a visually engaging book with playful rhymes enhancing the vibrant jungle atmosphere. An attractive book to learn about nature and numbers, this would be a perfect read for adults and children to share as they while away a wet and windy afternoon!