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One Big Building: A Counting Book about Construction

One Big Building: A Counting Book about Construction

by Michael Dahl, Todd Ouren (Illustrator)

A counting book that follows the construction of a building, from one plan to twelve stories. Readers are invited to find hidden numbers on an illustrated activity page.


A counting book that follows the construction of a building, from one plan to twelve stories. Readers are invited to find hidden numbers on an illustrated activity page.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Counting from one to twelve with pictures of dump trucks, pile drivers, and wheelbarrows will appeal to children who like to dig and build. Seeing the construction of a building from the initial plans to finished, twelve-story structure is part of the experience. The painted-paper collage illustrations are bright and engaging. Each has a small box insert with the number as a printed word, as a numeral, and as dots representing the number. Each picture also has a hidden number with the hiding place detailed at the back of the book. The book includes Fun Facts about building such as, bad weather may slow construction. Objects to count while on a walk are suggested. There is a glossary, short index, and a web site for further information with help from a doggie Fact Hound. This volume is part of a series of counting books by the author. 2004, Picture Willow Books, Ages 3 to 8.
—Carlee Hallman
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Counting, hidden numbers to find, and fun facts are included in these two books. The first one presents 11 vegetables, from 1 tomato to 11 peppers, resulting in 12 plates of salad for a family. Each page records the harvesting with sentences featuring 11 different verbs and alliteration of adjectives and nouns, which will encourage vocabulary expansion. The second title describes construction from the ground up, with "One big plan for making a big building" to a handy enumeration of the machines needed to complete it, culminating with "Twelve stories tall, the new building gleams in the sun." "Fun Facts" includes information about the world's tallest structure (the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario) and a listing of occupations connected with construction. In both books, bright, bold illustrations on full spreads make the items easy to count. Multiple uses and learning opportunities make these titles useful purchases.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Know Your Numbers Series
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Dahl is the prolific author of the bestselling Goodnight Baseball picture book and more than 200 other books for children and young adults. He has won the AEP Distinguished Achievement Award three times for his nonfiction, a Teacher's Choice award from Learning magazine, and a Seal of Excellence from the Creative Child Awards. And he has won awards for his board books for the earliest learners, Duck Goes Potty and Bear Says "Thank You!" Dahl has written and edited numerous graphic novels for younger readers, authored the Library of Doom adventure series, the Dragonblood books, Trollhunters, and the Hocus Pocus Hotel mystery/comedy series. Dahl has spoken at schools, libraries, and conferences across the US and the UK, including ALA, AASL, IRA, and Renaissance Learning. He currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota in a haunted house.

Todd Ouren has been a professional artist for over 20 years. Todd has illustrated and designed numerous award-winning books and greeting cards. Raised near Fergus Falls, Minnesota, Todd now lives in Mankato, Minnesota with his wife and three boys. In our spare time we enjoy watching our kids play sports, traveling, hiking, kayaking and spending time at the lake. Todd Ouren is a published author and an illustrator of children's books.

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