One Foot, Two Feet

One Foot, Two Feet

by Peter Maloney, Felicia Zekauskas
     
 

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One foot, two feet One mouse, three mice One goose, four geese

In this clever counting book, die-cut windows frame a single object and a turn of the page reveals a group. Featuring familiar objects and funny artwork, this inventive concept book is a great introduction to both counting and common irregular plural nouns.

A cumulative row of illustrations

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One foot, two feet One mouse, three mice One goose, four geese

In this clever counting book, die-cut windows frame a single object and a turn of the page reveals a group. Featuring familiar objects and funny artwork, this inventive concept book is a great introduction to both counting and common irregular plural nouns.

A cumulative row of illustrations along the bottom of the pages shows all of the previous objects in order, so kids can keep track of where they are, and the book also contains a fun hide-and-seek game, inviting kids to spy a little airplane zooming through each spread.

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 1—This simple yet delightful counting book emphasizes the quirks of the English language, where the plural of a noun is not always formed by merely adding the letter "s." It begins with a single, cartoon-style "foot" that is framed in a sturdy, die-cut opening on a glossy red page. Turning the page reveals two "feet." "One Mouse" in a bold blue frame follows, with the page-turn revealing "Three Mice." Children can anticipate the plural noun that will come next after naming or reading the picture in the window. Observant youngsters will spot a tiny airplane flying from spread to spread, catching the eye of a character or becoming entangled in some illustration. In addition, a small line from one to 10 summarizes the objects that have previously appeared. The designated numeral is also cleverly hidden within each crisp acrylic and ink drawing. The large font will aid pre-readers as well as ESL students as they pore over details again and again. An exceptional counting book, indeed.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Kirkus Reviews

American English, as a language, has much to answer for, not least being irregular plural nouns—foot, feet; mouse, mice; goose, geese—but this cut-above counting book explicates them by wedding the numbers two to ten to plurals while the number one introduces the singular of each.

It is a clever conception—akin to the work of Laura Vaccaro Seeger—and executed with an elegant design. A die-cut window displays one of the group that will be discovered on the subsequent page: one snowman, five snowmen; one die, six dice; one ox, seven oxen. In each group illustration, the appropriate numeral is worked into the art (a coal-button 5 on the front of one of the snowmen; an 8-ball tattoo on one of the octopi). The illustrations are as deceptively simple as Thomas the Tank Engine and as elemental in their engagement. Maloney and Zekauskas add little touches—a small plane scooting by on each page, amusing asides within the artwork, a cumulative gathering of what went before on the verso of the die-cut page that serve as a reminder of the progression of numbers—to further beguile young readers.

A classy, well-turned piece of work. (Picture book. 3-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399254468
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/12/2011
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
415,572
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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