Anno's Counting Bookby Mitsumasa Anno
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Every child is a natural mathematician, according to Mitsumasa Anno. Children start to count long before they learn their ABC's, for they are constantly comparing and classifying things and events they observe around them. As they try to bring sense and order into what they observe, they are actually performing basic mathematical feats.
In this book, Mitsumasa Anno, the creator of the brilliantly inventive Anno's Alphabet, invites young readers on another stimulating adventure of the imagination-this time into the world of numbers and counting. Gentle watercolor pictures show a landscape changing through the various times of day and the turning seasons, months and years, and the activities of the people and animals who come to live there. But the seemingly simple plan of the book is deceptive: look more carefully and you will see one-to-one correspondences; groups and sets; scales and tabulations; changes over time periods; and many other mathematical relationships as they occur in natural, everyday living. Just as our forebears developed our number system from observing the order of nature, the reader is subtly led to see and understand the real meaning of numbers.
Look at this book and look again. Each time you do so, you will find another application of a natural mathematical concept that you had not noticed before.
Meet the Author
Mitsumasa Anno is the award-winning author-illustrator of Anno's Alphabet, which won the Kate Greenaway Medal Honor award.
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I read this book as a child and remember it with a great fondness. I searched for it everywhere for my daughter and finally found it. I now have to but another copy because we have worn the other one out. A book that will never lose its class.
Anno's beautiful watercolors tell many tales as it leads children to number concepts. Each country scene depicts a number within the scene (one house, one tree, one cow; two houses, two trees, etc)as the seasons move through the year. It lends itself well to making up stories, counting, number recognition, and color identification. But the real charm of this book is that each page is a new story and children will want to keep the book for the memories it holds from their childhood.