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Zero Hardcover – September 15, 2010

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K-Gr 2–Zero has a complex–she finds herself unglamorous. Furthermore, with a hole in her center, she feels she doesn't count as much as her fellow numbers do. Twisting herself into the shape of 8 or 9 doesn't work; her attempt only leaves an empty feeling inside. Then one day, Zero discovers that by joining together with another number, 1, for example, she can become 10, or 100, or 1000, increasing her value. Soon, the others do the same–2 joins 3, 111 joins 5, and 4 and 8 join 2 –escalating their worth and pleasure as well. At last, Zero feels whole, “right in her center.” Otoshi's story plays out against either stark white or dense black pages where Zero is strikingly depicted in broad silver brush strokes. In contrast, the others numbers cartwheel across the pages in bright splashy colors. Readers swept into the arresting artwork will soon be captivated by the importance of numbers. However, the underlying mission of the book–to elevate children's self-worth–will take an intuitive parent or teacher to weave the two concepts together.–Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MAα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* Zero sees herself as a big round number with emptiness inside. The other, more colorful numbers have fun, and they count. After trying to stretch and pinch herself into another shape (1, 8, or 9) and making a bombastic grand entrance that sends the other numbers tumbling, Zero is ready to listen to some wise words: “‘Every number has value,’ said Seven. ‘Be open. You’ll find a way.’” Inspired, Zero shows the numbers how to “count even more.” With her help, 1 becomes 10, 2 becomes 20, and so on. Zero realizes her value and feels whole. Whether seen as an introduction to zero or to self-esteem, this picture book delivers on many levels. The simple story and colorful, minimalist art will intrigue children, even those too young to understand every bit of wordplay and wisdom in the text, while older kids will find food for thought. On the dramatic, black book jacket, the raised letters of the title include Zer in shining silver, and O in a silver that shines and also shimmers with subtle, shifting colors. Every aspect of the book’s illustration and design seems carefully thought out, beautifully executed, and pleasing. An impressive sequel to One (2008). Preschool-Grade 3. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 510 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: KO Kids Books; 8/24/10 edition (September 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097239463X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972394635
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J.Prather TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 8, 2010
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In this sequel to "One", the author once again proves you can have big discussions with little numbers. This one uses the same techniques as One, this time stressing the importance of being yourself and finding value in who you are. My favorite part of the story is when zero realizes that she's not empty inside, she's just open! It's after she realizes the importance of being open that great things start to happen. That's a great insight for a picture book or any sort of book for that matter. Preschoolers won't get this one. The message isn't quite as clear and straightforward as "One", but they will enjoy the art and the exciting story even if they don't get the meaning behind it. I feel the real audience for this book lies in the first through third grade age ranges. That's where this book will be able to promote some truly meaningful discussions. I applaud the author for once again showing how minimalism and deep meaning can go hand in hand. This book is beautifully done and not to be missed.
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this is a great book! i read it to a 1st grade class and they "got" the message! so many great things about this book....teaches the importance of self respect, finding the positives in yourself and others, and on top of those powerful topics it teaches math! love this book!
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This book has an EXCELLENT self esteem message!!!! LOVED IT! Our school administrators also saw this book and liked it so much that they purchased it for all the teachers in our school!
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Zero was the second book written in this series, and my favorite of the three. The protagonist of this book is the number Zero. Zero, however, does not like herself. Whenever, she looks at herself, she only sees a big hole in her middle. Like the rest of the numbers, she wants to count! In a sad development, she tries to change her shape. She stretches herself to try and look like the number One. She twists and turns herself to try and look like the number Eight. Eventually, she realizes a way that she can count as well. If you put Zero after a One, it turns into Ten. If you put another Zero after it, you get One Hundred. Thus, Zero is in fact one of the most important numbers there is, and has value like the rest of the numbers. The book like One is gorgeously illustrated and teaches powerful life lessons. For starters, you must learn to find value in yourself and others. I also read somewhere that it teaches lessons about body shapes, and I can see that if I think about it, but I guess as a man, it wasn't the first lesson that popped in my head.
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When Zero looked at herself in the mirror she saw a hole right in her middle. How can a number worth absolutely nothing become worth something? Zero sets out to find worth in herself. She felt empty inside. Zero is a wonderful number book that looks at not only the concept of counting, it tackles the social issue of self acceptance and diversity. I liked how Otoshi used feeling words that most children of three or four year old would not know and gives opportunity to extend their vocabulary. I also found it was fun to stay with the fast paced story to see how the number Zero was going to count. If there was a "Grandma's Choice Award" it would certainly be a winner.
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She is such a great children's book writer. My boys ages 8 and 6 loved this book, and zero is often such a hard concept it is a good thing to introduce at an early age. Many counting books start at 1, its great to start at zero and work with zero, helps a lot for your children when they are looking at negative numbers and the number line. This is a great way to introduce zero!
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Love this series of books. Very creative use of story telling using numbers! This book has counting, story telling, teamwork, and nifty Japanese paintbrush art all wrapped into one. My 2.5 year old loves it and asks for this book almost daily!
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This book came to my attention because my nephews, age 4 and 6, loved it. As an adult, I found the story quite moving. Having purchased and given multiple copies as gifts over the years, every parent/child also loved it too. I feel like every home should have a copy, even if you don't have kids.
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