Ten Little Figs, Rhian Williams, Nathaniel Eckstrom, Walker Books, 2020, rrp $24.99 Hb, isbn 9781921977312.
A delightful counting down book featuring a young child, his/her dog and a fig tree.
Beginning with the opening page …‘10 little figs are on my tree. I love figs and they’re all for me.’… we are drawn into the child’s world of wonder and questioning as at each the turn of a page a fig disappears.
Where do they go? Who takes them? Will there be any left for the child by the end of the story?
These are the questions we ask as we turn the pages and scour the clue filled pages for clues.
One by one the figs are taken by a selection of creatures that are all Australian and can be found in many backyards. I particularly loved this fact, reading about creatures from our country that many people may not realise are native…even the fig tree is a local!
The rhyming text is matched delightfully with colourful, fun illustrations. The expressions on the faces of the mischievous creatures are very funny and I love the eye glass the child uses for the 7 little figs page; such a lovely extra piece to the story.
I can see many parents/grandparents/carers reading this story to their young charges, laughing along with them.
The end page has a countdown of the figs along with a reminder of who ate them, such a nice way to recount the tale.
A lovely book that I am looking forward to reading with my grandson when the Covid19 restrictions are lifted.
30th April 2020.