1 2 3

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Created in deceptively simple paper cuts, this is a counting book with a difference: each image is not only an introduction to numerals but also to the shapes and colors of modern art. Small children, and those with an interest in modern art, will find much to enjoy in this gorgeous picture book.

Tom Slaughter’s vibrant prints are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum. This, his first children’s book, was inspired by the paper cuts of Matisse, Dick...

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Overview

Created in deceptively simple paper cuts, this is a counting book with a difference: each image is not only an introduction to numerals but also to the shapes and colors of modern art. Small children, and those with an interest in modern art, will find much to enjoy in this gorgeous picture book.

Tom Slaughter’s vibrant prints are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum. This, his first children’s book, was inspired by the paper cuts of Matisse, Dick Bruna, the art of his late brother-in-law – the renowned fabric artist, Tim Jocelyn – as well as the work of his wife, Marthe Jocelyn, creator of Hannah and the Seven Dresses and Hannah’s Collections.

From the Hardcover edition.

An introduction to counting using colorful everyday objects.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“The paper cuts are bold, simple, and striking…. [A] unique addition to the counting-book genre and will be of interest to a wide audience.”
School Library Journal

“Eye-poppingly colourful, 1 2 3 at first glance seems to be simplicity itself… But look a little closer and it is possible to see not just an artful counting primer but one that has quite a bit to say about shapes as well as numbers. It gets more complex and even more interesting as you travel up the number chain… Clever? Very.”
The Globe and Mail

“Slaughter’s brightly colored paper cut illustrations are elegantly simple and yet subtly complex… Highly Recommended.”
CM Magazine

“…filled with big, bright, and bold pictures… a great book to have in a pre-school or…kindergarten class.”
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Publishers Weekly
Following 1 2 3: A Counting Book ("a first counting book that also celebrates modern art," according to PW), illus. by Tom Slaughter, comes the paper-over-board ABC x 3: English Espa ol Fran ais by Marthe Jocelyn (who previously teamed with Slaughter on One Some Many). In bold colors against backgrounds that make the images vibrate, readers can learn the alphabet (in upper and lower case) plus a word in three languages (e.g., "lamp / l mpara/ lampe"). A bright yellow mask with glowing red eyes peers out from the black page for Jj ("jaguar," the same in all three languages). Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-In his first book for children, a noted artist presents a counting book on its purest level. He shows the number and a corresponding quantity of objects on full-page spreads, ranging from 1 to 10. This work is deceptively simple, since each object depicted also has that same quantity it represents within itself. For example, one apple also has one stem, one leaf, and one bite missing. Four buttons each have four holes for an oversized needle and thread to lace through. However, some of the spreads are potentially confusing. The seven stripes on seven fish alternate in black and white, and children may count only the black or only the white ones, coming up three or four short. Therefore, the book would work best if shared with children by visually literate adults. Slaughter's collages present basic examples of various design techniques, such as the use of negative/positive space and the old adage, "less is more." The paper cuts are bold, simple, and striking. This title would work well for sharing with older students who are learning about basic artistic concepts. Despite its flaws, this is a unique addition to the counting-book genre and will be of interest to a wide audience.-Rachel G. Payne, New York Public Library Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
For children at the very dawn of numeracy, Slaughter's paper collages offers one-to-ten counting (and modern art) practice on a set of commonplace, easily recognizable items-an apple, eyeglasses, buttons, beach balls, and the like-all rendered with utmost simplicity in bright primary colors. Free of plot line or extraneous side detail, and with only a numeral on each spread for text, this debut showcase for an artist who already has work hanging in the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, and elsewhere should prompt plenty of pointing and chortling from even pre-verbal pre-walkers. (Picture book. 1-3)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887767883
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Edition description: BOARD
  • Pages: 16
  • Sales rank: 701,018
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.18 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Slaughter’s work has been exhibited in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Canada. His prints are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum. He is married to children’s book author Marthe Jocelyn and has two daughters. He divides his time between New York City and Stratford, Ontario. One, Two, Three is Tom Slaughter’s first book for children.

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