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One Is a Drummer: A Book of Numbers

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This lively concept book shows that the world around us is filled with things to count. Three are the dim sum carts filled with yummy treats, eight are the candles on a birthday cake, and ten are the bamboo stalks growing in a garden. Many of the featured objects are Asian in origin, but all are universal in appeal. With brilliantly colored illustrations, an ear-pleasing text and an informative glossary, this truly multicultural book will make counting a fun part of every ...

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Overview

This lively concept book shows that the world around us is filled with things to count. Three are the dim sum carts filled with yummy treats, eight are the candles on a birthday cake, and ten are the bamboo stalks growing in a garden. Many of the featured objects are Asian in origin, but all are universal in appeal. With brilliantly colored illustrations, an ear-pleasing text and an informative glossary, this truly multicultural book will make counting a fun part of every child's day!

A young girl numbers her discoveries in the world around her, from one dragon boat to four mahjong players to ten bamboo stalks.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
One Is a Drummer: A Book of Numbers by Roseanne Thong, illus. by Grace Lin, is the pair's third concept book celebrating elements of Chinese culture. This rhyming counting book spans one to 10, showing four friends playing mahjong and eight "Chinese Immortals of old," among others. A glossary gives thorough explanations of these and other traditions mentioned. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-The Chinese-American girl introduced in Round Is a Mooncake (2000) and Red Is a Dragon (2001, both Chronicle) counts her favorite things. In bouncy verse, she engages in activities with her multicultural friends and family: "Five are the fish balls/on a stick./Five are the fingers/that I lick." Some of the items are Asian in origin (dragon boat, dim sum carts, bamboo) and others, like her Dalmatian puppy, are not. Most of the objects are quite distinct and easy to count, thanks to Lin's characteristically simple, uncluttered, gouache illustrations. A glossary gives two-sentence explanations for the Asian elements, from Eight Immortals to mahjong tiles, adding versatility and ethnic interest to the book without intruding on its simplicity. While the concept is not a new one, the presentation has enough freshness, clarity, and gorgeous traditional Chinese colors to make it enormously engaging.-Liza Graybill, Worcester Public Library, MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This uneven but promising, sometimes hysterically funny debut showcases framed, compressed-perspective bas-relief illustrations-all of which feature monsters of various oogy aspect and texture boogeying down at a party thrown by lonely Dracula. Though the accompanying verse sometimes limps along-"In his spooky castle old Count Drac / Is bored and at loose ends. / His scary name / Has brought him fame / But it's left him without friends"-the art more than compensates, with visions of "funky mummies rapping," a werewolf in a white disco suit, and a fashion show featuring creations by the likes of Donna Carrion and Coco Charnel, not to mention a menu of truly gross "horror d-oeuvres." Though this is at least the third "monster party" of the year for young readers, it's definitely not one to miss. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607535676
  • Publisher: Amicus
  • Publication date: 9/28/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 645,440
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Roseanne Thong is an English teacher who divides her time between Southern California and Hong Kong.

Grace Lin graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design.

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