Hairy Maclary books are a lot of fun. Carter loves the characters and the rhyme aspect of the book means that he is able to join in and predict what word is coming next (or in his case, we’ve read them so many times he has now memorized what word is coming next!)
This book’s illustrations in particular are fantastic and we’ve been able to draw on the mathematical concept of counting using the pictures of the animals at the vet. Carter enjoys counting how many birds fly out of Grandmother Goff’s cage and I’ve been helping him use his finger to do this which encourages one to one correspondence. Mastering this skill helps a child in their early years of schooling as they learn to count a collection of objects. It takes a lot of repetition but this book with its engaging illustrations makes it a fun way to practice this skill.