In the last few day of our African study the children completed the African masks that they started last week. They embellished the masks with three- dimensional features. Among the materials used was raffia, which is made from raffia palms and is native to the tropical regions of Africa, especially Madagascar. Number sense requires a deep understanding and intuitive feel for numbers and their relationships to one another. After hearing Anno’s Counting Book, the focus of which is the concept that each succeeding number is one more than the number before, the children used Unifix cubes to build staircases, making sure that each row of cubes had one more than the row before. The children transferred the image of each staircase onto another grid by coloring in the corresponding numbers and rows of boxes. The Hatseller and the Monkeys, as told by Baba Wagu Diakit, is the West African version of the beloved folktale about a peddler whose hats were stolen by monkeys. While the West African tale has a familiar and similar theme to Caps for Sale, as told by Esphyr Slobodkins, the settings and morals of the two versions differ. After hearing both stories, the children used a Venn diagram to compare them.