children, nature

Tracks Count: A Guide to Counting Animal Prints (The Little Naturalist Series)

Tracks Count
Author: Steve Engel
Illustrator: Alexander Peterson
Publisher: Craigmore Creations
Genre: Children / Nature
ISBN: 978-1-940052-07-6
Pages: 32
Price: $17.99

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It’s time to learn how to count – animals tracks. Using tracks from various birds and animals, kids will learn their numbers from zero to ten.

First, mom and dad are given a short tour guide of the trail ahead. Claw marks, toe pads, heel pads, and dewclaws are explained, as well as how the number of each will be determined. Then, beginning with a wide open space with no tracks, kids will start to identify the marks left behind by various animals. One hoof print left by a horse. Two toe prints of a moose. Three toe prints of a rhinoceros. Each two-page spread shows the track(s) with the number associated with it on one side. The opposite side shows the animal in its natural habitat. The final pages show all the numbers and tracks together, along with descriptions of each of the animals featured.

Budding naturalists will eagerly bring the knowledge they’ve received from Tracks Count into the wilderness, as they search for tracks of their own to identify. I highly recommend this interesting and educational counting guide.

Reviewer: Alice Berger