Anno's Counting Book

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

A counting book depicting the growth in a village and surrounding countryside during twelve months.

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Editorial Reviews

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Children will enjoy finding the additions to each picture in this clever educational book. Twelve two-page spreads illustrate months of the year, time of day, the four seasons, and a wordless story about a gradually growing town. The first number, zero is depicted by an empty snow-covered landscape. each page introduces a new numeral with the corresponding number of people, animals, and objects added to the scene.
Time Magazine
The best alphabet book of the year.
American Library Association Booklist
A clean, subtle ABC worth the long look that will idelibly imprint each letter.
New York Times
One of the few truly intelligent counting books ever produced-and a work of art besides.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064431231
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1986
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 97
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 88,800
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.00 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2008

    Timeless

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2000

    A magic book for children and adults

    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.

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