Count Your Way through Iran

From the Series Count Your Way

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Count your way from one (yek) to ten (dah) in Farsi! Using simple text, authors Jim Haskins and Kathleen Benson introduce readers to the Iranian culture. Learn about everything from Omar Khayyam’s famous four-line poems to the seven countries that border Iran. Colorful illustrations bring ancient and modern Iran to life.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Social Studies
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Publication Date 2006-08-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF038080, JNF013030
Dewey 955
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Guided Reading Level P
ATOS Reading Level 3.3
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 106847
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Index, Introductory note, Maps, Pronunciation guide, Reviewed, and Teaching Guides

Author: Kathleen Benson

Author: Jim Haskins

Illustrator: Farida Zaman

Farida Zaman is an illustrator and designer. She runs school workshops for children to share her love of art, guest lectures at art colleges, and gives regular readings from books she has illustrated. Farida studied at Chelsea School of Art and Wimbledon College, both in London, followed by freelance work in Geneva, London, and New York, where her clients have included Swatch, Body Shop, London Underground, and The New York Times. She is a member of the Society of Illustrators and lives in Toronto.

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Count Your Way

Count Your Way from one to ten in languages from around the world. Each spread has beautiful, full-page art and a number displayed in both English and a second language, introducing a cultural aspect of the featured country. View available downloads →


Book Links

“In this title from the Count Your Way series, simple paragraphs and colorful illustrations tie the numbers 1 to 10 to Iranian facts and symbols, such as the nation’s 1 car company, the 2 Towers of Silence, and the 3 colors that make up the country’s flag. The book concludes with a list of numbers in Arabic and a pronunciation guide. Other series titles include Count Your Way through Afghanistan, Count Your Way through Egypt, Count Your Way through Kenya, Count Your Way through South Africa, and Count Your Way through Zimbabwe (all 2007).” —Book Links


“Arabic-language numerals (and accompanying pronunciation guides) appear on each page, and the airy, stylized watercolors, including a map and an image of the Iranian flag, are instructive and cheerful. A good supplementary choice for the early elementary discussions about the Middle East.”

The Horn Book Guide

“Each spread includes a colorful. . . painting as backdrop in addition to the Arabic numeral, the notation and pronunciation in. . . Farsi.”
The Horn Book Guide