One White Wishing Stone, A Beach Day Counting Book by Doris K. Gayzagian, Illustrated by Kristina Swarner
I feel in love with this book immediately. Gorgeous illustrations, captivating text, a beach setting, and a tale of a mother and daughter--it has it all. Oh, and then of course, there are the numbers...I almost forgot them because they are embedded so artfully. This is not your usual counting book. Juliet usually finds counting books fun, but sometimes I get tired of them because they are so repetitive. This book is not one of those--it weaves numbers and a storyline together beautifully.
A little girl gathers beach trinkets--a stone, some shells, cockle burrs, sticks, etc... and decorates her sand castle with them. Later, when it is time to go home, she chooses to take home only three items: "Two periwinkle shells I save just for myself. With one white wishing stone, they'll sit up on my shelf." The next page shows the little girl and her mother embracing in her room at home, "When my mom comes in to get a hug and goodnight kiss, We'll wish upon the wishing stone for another day like this." Lovely.