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Arlene Alda's 1 2 3: What Do You See? Paperback – April 1, 2004

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As in her previous Arlene Alda's ABC, this keen-eyed photographer has managed to put a new and refreshing twist on the hoariest of children's-book content... number identification! This intriguing picture book takes you from 1 to 10 and back again, and each number is illustrated by often whimsical color photographs. Alda's sharp eye sees the number 2, for example, in an old-fashioned coat hanger; number 3 in the neck of a swan reflected in water; and number 8 in the two halves of a sliced and liberally cream-cheesed bagel. Some of the shapes are strikingly apt, while others need a bit of "reading," but all are designed to help young readers see the world--and the world of numbers--a bit differently. (Ages 2 to 4) --Richard Farr --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-The numerals 1 through 10 and back again are portrayed with great imagination in fine, full-color photographs. The examples reflect the shapes of the numbers themselves: four is formed by the crossed legs of a flamingo, eight is two bagels frosted with cream cheese lying on a plate, nine is a whorled conch shell, three is a curled banana peel, and one is a contrail of smoke bisecting a blue sky. All of the photos will spark a child's creative ability to discern numerical shapes in nontraditional forms. The pictures are of various shapes and sizes, but all are large and clear. The numerals 1 to 10 are shown on each page, with the number represented in the picture printed large and in a contrasting color. An author's note identifies each image. A unique, challenging concept book.
Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582461198
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582461199
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 8.5 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,845,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Our family loved the way Arlene Alda found and photographed the alphabet - "J" is the curve of a coat hanger, "C" are shrimp curled in a pan. In this book she looks for magic numbers - "8" is two bagels on top of each other, "9" is the handle of a pair of scissors. The kids love to try and find their own "letters" and "numbers" when they are outside playing.
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Format: Paperback
This book is excellent. Mrs. Alda brings math to the preschooler in a fun way that extends far beyond the book. The book is a simple counting book with wonderful photos that support a number. A child can use the knowledge from the book and find numbers around them everywhere! This is a wonderful counting book for all learning styles. Highly recommend!
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I was shown this book at a conference and was fascinating. Another attendee and I both ordered it from her iPad right then and there. I think it would sell if it was republished.
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