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Review: Counting Lions

October 30, 2015

Counting lions

Counting Lions by Katie Cotton is a gorgeous picture book that combines counting with endangered animals.  This is a large book – it measures approximately 11 inches by 14 inches – so it’s perfect for sharing with little ones.  Each page spread features a large illustration of animals as well as a paragraph about them.  Stephen Walton illustrated this book and his drawings are beautiful and lifelike – they almost look like photographs.  There are more details on each of the animals as well as their protection status in the back of the book.

I absolutely loved Counting Lions.  Young children will love the illustrations and enjoy counting the animals as well as learning their names.  They can grow with this book, too, and learn about protection status and why some of these animals are endangered.  Animal lovers will adore this book and it would make a wonderful addition to any library.

Check out this time-lapse video of Walton working on the book’s cover:


kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Candlewick Press. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.


13 Comments leave one →
  1. October 30, 2015 6:04 am

    The drawings look gorgeous!

  2. October 30, 2015 7:50 am


  3. October 30, 2015 8:24 am

    Wow to the art. That is the kind of stunning detail I really admire but never can achieve myself! I had to do a few photorealistic graphite pieces in art school and quickly learned I just don’t have the patience for that kind of detail work.

  4. October 30, 2015 9:13 am

    A great way to teach kids their numbers.

  5. Patty permalink
    October 30, 2015 3:44 pm

    It really does look beautiful!

  6. Literary Feline permalink
    October 30, 2015 5:46 pm

    The illustrations really are beautiful. Thank you for letting us know about this book!

  7. October 30, 2015 10:14 pm

    The drawings will surely capture the mind and imagination of kids. Thank you for this post.

  8. October 30, 2015 11:40 pm

    Wonderful illustrations! Have a safe and happy Halloween!

  9. October 31, 2015 10:57 am

    Very cool video! I’m adding this to my list of ideas for Christmas for my young nieces!

  10. November 1, 2015 2:18 pm

    Wow, the art is so gorgeous! Well worth owning a copy.

  11. bookingmama permalink
    November 2, 2015 7:35 am

    Wow! The illustrations look incredible. So much talent!

  12. November 4, 2015 1:16 pm

    This sounds fantastic…I want this one

  13. November 6, 2015 9:28 pm

    What a great book that kids will enjoy too!

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