Here’s my selection for Perfect Picture Book Friday:
Author and Illustrator Kathryn Otoshi
KO Kids Books, 2010
Suitable for: Ages 3 and up
Theme/Topic: Numbers, Counting, Fitting in
Opening: Zero was a big round number.
Brief Synopsis: (from book jacket) Zero was a big round number. When she looked at herself, she just saw a hole … right in her center. Every day she watched the other numbers line up to count. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 … She wanted to count too! But how could a number worth nothing become something? Zero felt empty inside. And so goes Zero’s search to find value in herself and in others.
Links to Resources: Brain Pop lesson on counting Look at ways to change the numbers by drawing them or using addition. Character Discussion for older children.
Why I Like This Book: I enjoy concept books — numbers — with a story. And, when Zero discovers her value it goes well beyond the number 10.
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Teresa Robeson says
All her books are so clever and thoughtful! I enjoy them all. Have a great weekend, Stacy!
I haven’t read them all yet. We really liked this one. Clever and thoughtful … so true.
Patricia Tilton says
Or adding zero to the end of another number. This is a very clever concept book and one that helps kids learn without them realizing it. Great choice.
Yes. We need all the practice with our numbers … especially when it feels like fun and not work.
Carrie F says
I’ve really enjoyed all of her books. They’re so filled with puns and cleverness!
Julie Rowan-Zoch says
I love the intrigue set up with the cover – you just know it’s going to be exciting! And with numbers! Would have been perfect for my daughter in first grade!
Jilanne Hoffmann says
I LOVE this book! I just bought it for our school library. Yay!
That Ms Otoshi is a clever, clever young lady! She says so much with so little!
Yes. It’s sparse text, but perfect.
Rosi Hollinbeck says
This is a clever and cute book. Thanks for reminding me of it.
It’s very cute.
Joanne Sher says
I have read a couple of her books – but not this one. Need to add it to my list. She is brilliant! Thanks, Stacy!
Sue Wang says
Numbers are so important. My son loved the speedometer, and he learn the numbers really fast. From there, multiplication. Now I think, numerology would be cool too :).
Sue Heavenrich says
What an intriguing cover. And what an intriguing concept for a book. When we were homeschooling we studied numbering systems with zero and without – makes you appreciate that skinny do-nut of a not-number.