Counting on Community is Innosanto Nagara's follow-up to his hit ABC book, A is for Activist. Counting up from one stuffed piñata to ten hefty hens--and always counting on each other--children are encouraged to recognize the value of their community, the joys inherent in healthy eco-friendly activities, and the agency they posses to make change. A broad and inspiring vision of diversity is told through stories in words and pictures. And of course, there is a duck to find on every page!
Nagara builds on the success of A Is for Activist with a counting book that celebrates active communities. Following some unfortunate apostrophe omissions on the opening spread ("Living in a community,/ it's a lot of fun!/ Lets count the ways./ Lets start with one"), it's smooth sailing as Nagara devotes pages to everything from urban farming and chalk drawing to potlucks and protests ("Eight picket signs/ showing that we care"). Nagara's vibrant digital collages hum with energy as a multicultural crew of children and adults work, play, and collaborate. Brushed, woodgrain-style textures lend an organic feel to the images, while radiating lines in the backgrounds emphasize the idea that close-knit communities like this one have real power. Ages 3 7.