The children love the bright, simple, colourful illustrations and have a lot of fun counting the items on each page. L thinks it's really funny that Nick and Sue are friends.
We made it into a counting and number recognition game using little pebbles from the beach with the numbers 1 to 10 written on them with a permanent marker pen. Each time we counted the number if items on the page, we tried to find the pebble with the right number on it.
Then we put the number pebbles in the treasure basket with a beautiful wooden tray with little compartments carved into it. M loved to take the pebbles and arrange them in the wooden tray.
Why not try adding natural resources to a story book to make the storytelling more interesting and interactive? Or to inspire heuristic play even after the story has finished and the book's been put away in my "special bag" for next time!