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Wednesday 29 June 2011

Review: Moomin’s Little Book of Numbers

This cute board book is the perfect size for tiny hands. The book follows the adorable Finn Family Moomintrolls on a counting journey from one to ten.

In case you are not familiar with the Moomintrolls, they are smooth, round, hippo-like creatures, created by the Finnish writer and illustrator Tove Jansson (1914-2001).

The Moomins are carefree and curious little beings who like to spend their time looking for adventures and making friends. The main family of Moomins includes: Moomintroll, Moominmama and Moominpapa as well as a menagerie of quirky friends.

Moomin’s Little Book of Numbers features Jansson's original characters and artwork. It introduces Moomintroll, his mother and his friend the Snork Maiden. Each page has a dominant colour and features the Moomins going about the daily business of hugging trees, butterfly watching, flower picking and collecting shells.

This book has been a consistent favourite for my son since the age of nine months. The quirky little Moomins add loads of charm and fun to number counting and my son giggles at the pictures every time.

Now, at eighteen months, he follows with his finger as I count the objects in the book. I can see the amazement in his eyes when we get to the final pages, where Moomintroll and Snork Maiden cuddle on a park bench under a sky filled with lots and lots of stars.

Moomin’s Little Book of Numbers is a perfect introduction to numbers, counting and the delightful world of the Moomins. It was published to coincide with the Moomins' 65th anniversary celebrations.

This review by talented new KBR contributor Izabella Warner. Don't miss Iza's wonderful blog - Peas with Carrots.

Title: Moomin’s Little Book of Numbers
Author/Illustrator: Tove Jansson
Publisher: Puffin Books, $24.99 RRP
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9780141328737
For ages: Baby/Toddler
Type: Board Book