The first book in The Pattern Pals series begins as Zoe the Parrot sets up a surprise party. Her best friend, Clara the Chameleon, worries that Zoe is acting strange—whose birthday is Zoe celebrating, anyway? Together, they use the secret birthday girl’s favorite colors to decorate the party in different patterns before the big reveal. This book enriches the familiar setting of birthday parties with beautiful colors and patterns. Not only is it a fun and intriguing mystery, but the book has been designed to help young children learn simple patterning skills in an enjoyable way. Questions are built into each page to help adults expand on the conversation and introduce early math concepts to children.