I really like the concept of this book. Each page has the numeral, the spelled-out number, dots equal to the number, and a photograph illustrating the number. Four different ways to illustrate a number on each page.
The problem is that it is not all that interesting.
Some of the photographs are a bit fuzzy, as though they are extreme enlargements from an original photo. And it is just hard to get excited about nine beads on a string, even though the photo is crisp and clear.
My son doesn't dislike this book, but if I pick it out to be read he only wants me to go through it once.
Another counting book that he seems to like a bit better is "Miss Spider's Tea Party : The Counting Book" by David Kirk and Antoinette White (Editor). It is different from Tana Hoban's book in that it is a story that also happens to illustrate counting, but my son wants to hear that one over and over.