Dash's Busy Day
by Terrance Perrin
Learn basic direction concepts and counting as Dash the dragonfly flies left, then right, and all around the pond seeing several other pond inhabitants along the way. Simple, brightly colored, engaging character checking out the environment in which it lives, counting as it goes. The original illustrations were done in ink and watercolor and scanned into computer for final touch up and addition of text. 24 page picture book.
Dash the dragonfly has a busy day flying up, down, backwards, forwards, and every direction conceivable as he spends the day counting the creatures and objects he sees in his colorful world.
Children will enjoy counting along with Dash as they learn directions and numbers along the way. I have read picture books with my children and this would make a great addition to that collection.
The art style is soft pastel watercolors in the same style as the cover, and all of the characters in the book have friendly smiles, even the mushrooms.
One of the things I noted is that the author used the number combined with the name of the number, as in (3) and (three) to help children who are early readers to learn the words for their numbers.
Written and illustrated in a simple, kid-friendly watercolor fashion, Dash's Busy Day is a fun fact-filled frolic. Five Stars.