Age 3 to 7

Splash! by Ann Jonas

Publisher: William Morrow
ISBN: 9780688152840

At the beginning of the story, there are two catfish and four goldfish in the pond. Then the turtle jumps into the pond! This is followed by lots of other animals jumping into and out of the pond in ones or twos, and at each point the reader is asked how many animals are in the pond. Younger children can follow the pictures and count the animals to work out how many are in the pond, while older children can consider how many animals are being added and subtracted from the total at each step of the story. Children can also act out the story with people or objects, becoming familiar with the concepts of addition and subtraction in a practical context.