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One Big Building: A Counting Book About Construction (Know Your Numbers) Paperback – January 1, 2004
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Reviewed with Michael Dahl's From the Garden.
PreS-K. These Know Your Numbers titles are a pleasant departure from the cartoonish artwork and uninspiring design exhibited by many picture books in series. They feature inviting, bright illustrations that liven up a potentially dry topic--counting--with enticing, real-world situations: building a skyscraper, harvesting vegetables to make tossed salad for dinner. Though both books are well done, Building, perhaps, shines brightest. Little ones will find Ouren's bustling workers and vehicles in bold primary colors mesmerizing, and they'll love counting all 12 stories of the finished building, so tall that the horizontally formatted book must be rotated 90 degrees to accommodate a picture of it. The inclusion of a glossary, an index, and Web resources seems like overkill for an audience this young, but other extra features are more thoughtfully conceived. Sidebars depict each number in three different ways--as a word, a digit, and a series of dots--and the numerals hidden somewhere on each spread will keep children engaged. Jennifer Mattson
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Counting, hidden numbers to find, and fun facts are included in these two books. The first one presents 11 vegetables, from 1 tomato to 11 peppers, resulting in 12 plates of salad for a family. Each page records the harvesting with sentences featuring 11 --School Library Journal
Pie for Piglet and Lots of Ladybugs, by Michael Dahl, are brightly colored books filled with counting activities. The main activity in the lady bug book is counting by fives, displayed through five spots on the back of each ladybug. As each page is turn --Science Books & Films
Know Your Numbers is a delightful series for young children that can be used to introduce kindergarten students to skip counting. The books can also be used in a shared reading or a read-aloud for first graders, or for independent reading or guided readin --Teaching Children Mathematics, NCTM
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