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Balancing Act

Baby Goes to Market
by Atinuke
Mama and Baby visit the market near their home in South West Nigeria. Each market seller they visit gives baby treats without mama noticing. Baby eats one of each and puts the rest in the basket until Mama’s basket grows very heavy!

Resources for Animals on Board:

Full Book Review (English)

Full Book Review (Spanish)

Brief Book Review (English)

Brief Book Review (Spanish)

Can you count all the tasty treats Baby collects when Mama and Baby visit the busy market?


Math Connections: 

Counting                     Addition

Subtraction                 Weight/Measurement


Activities to Do Together: 

  • Introduce numbers one to six. 

  • Practice counting small groups of objects. 

  • Count the number of chickens in the book. 

  • Talk about the vivid patterns found throughout the story. 

  • Encourage your child to create a pattern of their own. 


Extension Questions: 

  1. How many treats was baby given? How many did baby eat? How many did he put in the basket?          

  2. Which treats that went into the basket were the heaviest? Why? Which do you think were the lightest? Why?

  3. What treat was Baby given first? What was he given last? What was he given before the chin-chin biscuit? What was he given after the chin-chin biscuit?


Vocabulary for Building Math Concepts:

five, four, one, single, six, three, two