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Meet the Mokomaki, a group of adorable little birds who cavort playfully through the pages of this picture book while teaching the basics of numeracy to preschoolers.

A mommy fox is searching for her lost baby, and asks the Mokomaki for help as she looks--the little birds cheerfully mount a search through the forest, where theymeetlots ofothercreatures,whohelpfullyjoinin--and kids can, too! As they search, readers practice sequencing, sorting and classifying, comparing, andgroupingwhile lookingforthemissingfox.

Satu Kontinen is a graphic designer who lives in the very snowy country of Finland, where she was born. She runs her own design company called Satukala, and with a partner she has set up the Nuppu Print Company, specializing in stationery, art prints, and textiles. One year she left the wintry white landscape of her native land for an extended stay in the lush country of New Zealand and was inspired by all its vibrant colors. It wasn't until her son was born that she discovered a love for children's illustration and storytelling, but once she began it was as if the passion had lived in her secretly all along. This is her first picture book.

"Small birds wandering amidst the other animals offer help, inviting kids to observe, count and add . . . stylized drawings and bright colors allow one to learn while having fun."

– Culturebox, France TV

 "The Mokomaki series calls for savviness and problem-solving skills . . . the books have gotten an enthusiastic response in France and Taiwan as well." 

– Helsingin sanomatnewspaper, Finland