Hungry for Numbers

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Who would have guessed that eating and learning could go hand in hand . . . or be so much fun? From bananas and blueberries to sixes and sevens, Hungry for Numbers pairs fruit with numbers to create a delicious visual exercise in counting. The whimsical illustrations of renowned artist Etienne Delessert embody the numbers one through ten like never before, making this one book that children will be hungry to read.

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Overview

Who would have guessed that eating and learning could go hand in hand . . . or be so much fun? From bananas and blueberries to sixes and sevens, Hungry for Numbers pairs fruit with numbers to create a delicious visual exercise in counting. The whimsical illustrations of renowned artist Etienne Delessert embody the numbers one through ten like never before, making this one book that children will be hungry to read.

As usual, the artwork of this Delessert-illustrated title is anything but usual. His friendly, utterly unique characters cavort across the pages, each with its preferred fruit in hand. Each spread offers up a number, presented in both numeric and written form, and a colorfully rendered image of a creature juggling, stacking, spilling, or otherwise arranging the corresponding quantity of fruit items. The book ends in a party as all ten creatures get together to finally eat their counted-up strawberries, peaches, oranges, and more. The simple but playful nature of this one-of-a-kind number book is sure to enchant readers both young and old.

With more than eighty books to his credit, published in fourteen languages, Swiss-born illustrator and author Etienne Delessert has a global reputation as one of the fathers of the modern children's picture book. His artwork has been honored with gold medals from the Society of Illustrators and has twice earned the prestigious Graphics Prize from the Bologna Children's Book Fair. Among his picture books are Ashes, Ashes; Dance!; I Hate to Read!; The Seven Dwarfs; Who Killed Cock Robin?; and A Was An Apple Pie.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ann Sanger
Known as one of the fathers of modern children's picture books, Etienne Delessert has established a reputation for refusing to settle for the ordinary. Captivating young learners with his lighthearted illustrations, Delessert's imaginary creatures and realistic fruits pair together the familiar with the fantastic. Coupling numerals and fruits that are recognizable to young children with the unique animal creations prevents the boring sameness seen in most other number books. The creatures with their sharp teeth nibbling the blackboard on the first page of the book announce, "We are hungry!" Throughout the following pages individual creatures juggle, stack, balance, count, and eat a variety of appetizing fruits, from bananas to blueberries. This picture book is sure to charm parents and children alike. The large numerals in a bold black font against the stark white of the background emphasize counting, while the number word and name of each fruit in smaller type encourage the beginnings of reading. This picture book would be a great addition to any preschool classroom or family collection.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Delessert pairs numbers with food in this focus on counting. His familiar gray creatures, tinged with warm hues, are first depicted as 10 ravenous children; they surround an enormous black table, which they've started to devour. Then, pieces of luscious fruit begin to appear: "one banana-five apricots-six plums." No gimmicks, no subplots, just close-ups of rapturous beings interacting with delectable produce against a clean white background. Seven ripe strawberries form an inviting pyramid; nine life-size pears tumble out of a basket and cascade across two pages. The watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations trick viewers into believing they can feel the textures. The final spreads portray a menagerie of ecstatic eaters, and, ultimately, an orderly lineup of satisfied friends, posed like preschoolers after a snack. The numbers appear in numeric and textual form throughout. A sweet celebration of quantity and quality.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Would someone please find this man a writer? As in his recent Humpty Dumpty (April 2006), the really long-term veteran Delessert wastes his art by pairing it with a vanishingly superficial plotline-here involving a cast of mouse-like, rabbit-like monsters juggling one banana, two apples, three oranges and so on, up to ten blueberries, then tossing them all together into a sort of aerial fruit salad. "What fun!" leadingly suggests the minimal text. Except for the pleasure of appreciating the supple lines and subtly modulated colors of Delessert's figures on oversized double-page spreads, the natural response-particularly from readers of Eric Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar or Denise Fleming's Lunch-is likely to be: "Fun? Where?" (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568461984
  • Publisher: Creative Company, The
  • Publication date: 8/31/2006
  • Series: Creative Editions Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 12.50 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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