Curious George’s 1 to 10 and Back Again by H.A. Rey – Book Review

Curious George's 1 to 10 and Back Again by H.A. ReyArya has already read a long list of Curious George books.

Curious George’s 1 to 10 and Back Again by H.A. Rey is a simple counting book constructed out of illustrations from H.A. Rey’s other Curious George books.

Despite its basic premise, the book was able to hold Arya’s attention from cover to cover.

The book adds to the conventional structure of a baby counting book by counting up from one to ten and then back down to one again. Each page lists a number and a specific object. The illustrations consist of the specific number of the listed object within the broader context of Curious George’s world.

The colorful backgrounds change on every page. My baby enjoyed looking at the pictures on each page long enough for me to read the short text and count the different objects. She especially liked the page with six bouncy balls and the two pages with pictures of puppets.

With no real text, 1 to 10 and Back Again isn’t a book that parents should rely on during story time or when preparing for bed. Rather, the book is a fun way for children to learn how to count as they learn about various real-world objects.

Dedicated fans of Curious George books may be able to identify the original source of each picture. The book was put together long after H.A. Rey’s death by taking individual images from his previous work. Youngsters with a large library of Curious George titles will enjoy finding the original pictures in the original books and comparing them to the (sometimes cropped) pictures in 1 to 10 and Back Again.

Curious George’s 1 to 10 and Back Again is a great book for any Curious George fan. It is particularly well-suited for toddlers and school-age children who are learning how to count on their own. Even babies younger than Arya will appreciate the bright colors and plentiful objects on every page.

Curious George’s 1 to 10 and Back Again costs (including shipping) under $6 new and under $4 used from Amazon.