"A 2011 Florida State University study found that just 7.5 percent of nearly 6,000 picture books published between 1900 and 2000 depict female animal protagonists; male animals were the central characters in more than 23 percent each year. (For books in which characters were not assigned a gender, researchers noted, parents reading to their children tended to assign one: male.) No more than 33 percent of children’s books in any given year featured an adult woman or female animal, but adult men and male animals appeared in 100 percent of the books." See full article here.
Annie Aardvark, Mathematician, written by Suzie Olsen, is an adorable little book to help teach counting. Annie is on an adventure in wonderful mother nature. She counts items along the way. On each page, she finds different items and counts them. The book is a reasonable length, and Annie gets to count up to 10 by the end of the book.
- As Annie reaches the next number, she doesn't just say the final number, she counts from one each time. By the time she finds 10 ants, the reader has seen "one" ten times, "two" 9 times, etc.! Repetition like this helps to teach a concept.
- The item that Annie finds is pictured so that the reader can count along with her.
Huge thank you to Suzie Olsen for allowing us the opportunity to review this book and add another female character to our book shelf! Find Suzie at www.suzieolsen.com.
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