- Age Range: 3 - 7 years
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (April 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805072047
- ISBN-13: 978-0805072044
- Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 0.4 x 8.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,170,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One Child, One Seed: A South African Counting Book Hardcover – April 1, 2003
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PreSchool-Grade 2-Cave has taken the idea of a counting book one step beyond, and turned it into a fascinating social-studies lesson, in the best sense. Children count from 1 to 10 with Nothando as she plants a pumpkin seed that grows to bear fruit for a delicious stew. "One child, one seed. Two hands to plant the seed. Three ways to help it grow," the text reads. But that is just the beginning in this gem of a book. In a harmonious partnership of narrative and crisp, beautifully composed photographs that show the individuality of each person, readers get a glimpse into the life of an extended family living in a rural South African community. Spreads consist of a left-hand counting page where the story of the seed is told through a minimal text and color photograph that clearly shows the objects to be counted. On the opposite page, the narrative continues with a line of large-print text, along with a small photo and additional text offering further details about the life of this community, including games, transportation, and the local store. The only quibble is that Nothando and her extended family are not shown enjoying the long-awaited feast. The recipe for isijingi, the pumpkin stew, is included as are some basic geographical facts and a simple map. The writing has good rhythm, and reads aloud well. All in all, this fine counting book is a welcome addition to any collection, and will enrich harvest units.
Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
K-Gr. 2. With beautiful color photos of a contemporary South African child and her extended family in a small rural community in Kwazulu, Natal, this photo-essay brings children up close to the daily struggle for food and shelter and the hard work and close bonds that make things happen. On the left of each double-page spread is a simple counting story, starting with one child, Nothando, and one pumpkin seed. Two hands plant the seed, and so on, ending with 10 dinner plates piled high with food. The opposite pages fill in the facts with words and photos. There's no romanticism, nor is there pity or condescension; life is hard, but the family pulls together. Adults might want to talk with older children about what's missing: there are no adult men (they are working far away), and there's no electricity. The focus on one child is a great way to tell the universal story. A portion of the book's profits goes to a global charity project. Hazel Rochman
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