PreS-Gr 1In this successful concept book, children start with 1 grinning moose and work their way up to 20 scampering white mice, recognizing and counting some of their favorite animals in between. The creatures appear on single- and double-page spreads along with the numerals they represent. A repetitive refrain encourages readers to look for the orange cat that is hiding in each illustration. Never difficult to discover, the feline is often peeking out from behind the large number, or entirely obvious as it runs off the page. Children will feel triumphant when they do find it, as well as ready for the challenge of counting the named objects. Decorated with beads, rickrack, and buttons, Beatons felt-art pictures are brightly colored and feature cheery animals. Sometimes, however, the scenes can become a bit cluttered with designs and borders. Overall, a nice addition to counting-book collections, with lots of appeal for beginning counters and readers.Susan Marie Pitard, Weezie Library for Children, Nantucket Atheneum, MA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.