One, Two, Three with Ant and Bee: A Counting Story
Illustrated by Bryan Ward
Heinemann, London, 1998. First published 1958; reprinted 1988, 1992, 1993, and 1998.
Hardback; 130 x 100 mm; pictorial glazed boards with black titles on spine; 92 pages. No Dust jacket.
The book is in good condition. The binding is sound though the book is cocked. The spine and adjacent area of the front cover is faded. The contents are clean and unmarked.
The Ant and Bee stories are a series of small-format hardback books written by Angela Banner (1923-2014). She began writing the books in order to teach her son how to read.
One, Two, Three with Ant and Bee is an original idea for helping young children to learn to count. Through the medium of an appealing story about these two engaging characters, the child is introduced to the numbers up to ten. Ant and all the contents of a shopping basket fall out of the sky and Ant hurts his head. Bee cares for Ant. A long boring time in bed follows and Ant's friends, Kind Dog and the ladybugs, bring him things to play with. Then the king heard that Ant was sad in bed, so he sent lots of stuff to count. Key letters, numbers or words are printed in red for the child to identify and call out.