1 Hunter  by Pat Hutchins


1 Hunter is several decades old, but since it continues to amuse while it educates, we are including it here. Your young students will get a real kick out of knowing something that the character doesn't! In this title, one very determined hunter sets out on an African hunting safari, but isn't having much luck. What he doesn't know--but the audience does--is that there are animals all around him. He walks right by 2 elephants, then 3 giraffes, then 4 ostriches, then 5 antelopes, etc... Suspense builds with each turn of the page. Will the silly hunter ever see any of these animals all around him?

Interest Level:  Preschool - Kindergarten

This is a great book for children who are just learning their numbers from 1 to 10, as each page shows the numeral and the corresponding number of animals. While this may not be our first pick for counting books, it's a classic that has definitely stood the test of time.

Below is a page from inside the book, to give you an idea of the illustrations and the comedic premise--that the hunter is so bad at his task that he doesn't see the animals right near him (in this case, two elephants not so well hidden behind two palm trees). The text is very minimal, just numerals and nouns like in this example. We keep holding out hope that they will issue a new printing of this book -- with the same pictures and text but updated print quality. Regardless, it's still a fun book that kids seem to really enjoy.

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