One is A Snail, Ten is A Crab

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What do one hundred sunbathing snails have in common with ten crabs in inner tubes? Check out this mirthful counting book with a focus on feet.

If one is a snail and two is a person, we must be counting by feet! Just follow the sign to the beach, where a bunch of fun-loving crabs, lounging dogs, gleeful insects, and bewildered-looking snails obligingly offer their feet for counting in a number of silly, surprising combinations - from one to one...

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Overview

What do one hundred sunbathing snails have in common with ten crabs in inner tubes? Check out this mirthful counting book with a focus on feet.

If one is a snail and two is a person, we must be counting by feet! Just follow the sign to the beach, where a bunch of fun-loving crabs, lounging dogs, gleeful insects, and bewildered-looking snails obligingly offer their feet for counting in a number of silly, surprising combinations - from one to one hundred!

A counting book featuring animals with different numbers of feet.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This husband-and-wife team (Hummingbirds: The Sun Catchers) puts a beach community's best feet forward and simultaneously explores the myriad ways that numbers can combine. Beginning with the critter with the fewest feet ("1 is a snail"), proceeding to the two-footed humans ("2 is a person"), simple addition results: "3 is a person and a snail." Thirty is rendered as three crabs ("Crabs have ten feet," the authors point out in an earlier aside. "Their front two feet also have a second job, as claws") or "ten people"-whose feet dangle below the surface of the water-"and a crab." The highest number here: 100 (10 crabs, "or, if you're really counting slowly... one hundred snails!"). Cecil covers every inch of the spreads with scratchy-textured, tropically-hued oils; this approach gives the colors a subtle dynamism and creates a counterpoint to the strong, simple shapes of his multi-footed characters and their black ink outlines. Clearly, his favorite characters are the crabs. Not only do they chime in with their convenient multiples of 10, but they also display an array of improbable talents, from bicycle riding to playing two-crab team volleyball. Ages 5-8. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This is an extremely imaginative math books for young children. It focuses on recognizing patterns and using them in addition and multiplication. One is a snail. A snail is illustrated with an arrow pointing to its one foot. Two is a man, with two arrows pointing to his feet. Surprise, three is a snail and a man. Four is a dog. Five is a snail and a dog. You get the idea; the fact that snails have one foot comes in pretty handy. Ten is a crab, they have ten feet. What follows is counting by tens up to one hundred. Lots of sets of crabs, but also multiples of dogs, dogs and crabs and sets of insects. The snails resurface at 100, for those who want to count really slowly. The illustrations are humorous and colorful. They are stylized to emphasize the legs, which is, of course, what is being counted. The artwork is inviting enough to keep kids coming back again and again. 2003, Candlewick Press,
— Kristin Harris
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-The Sayres offer readers a fresh look at counting with a simple concept: the number of feet different animals have. The book begins with a snail's one foot, and then moves on to 2 for humans, 4 for dogs, 6 for insects, 8 for spiders, and 10 for crabs. Each odd number is represented by the even-numbered animal plus one snail. After 10, the numbers go by 10s to 100, with the number shown in two ways, for example: "70 is seven crabs- or ten insects and a crab. 80 is eight crabs- or ten spiders." All the animals are pictured on the beach, where most of them are involved in typical actions for their species; the fun-loving, playful crabs, however, bicycle, dance underwater limbo, play volleyball, and try new diversions on almost every page. Very simple text in large type is appropriate for group use as well as beginning readers. Uncluttered, black-outlined, oil-on-paper pictures clearly illustrate the concepts, and Cecil's googly-eyed snails, sports-minded crabs, and other animals add a touch of humor. Whether used with children just beginning to count or grade schoolers starting to multiply, this original and clever book will have wide appeal.-Louise L. Sherman, formerly at Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Seeing patterns and different ways of calculation are standard concepts of mathematical reasoning, but there is nothing standard about this creative counting book. The potentially pedestrian subjects of counting, adding, and multiplication step up to another footing as each page or spread counts the number of feet of various creatures on a beach, from a snail with just one foot (of sorts) to a crab with ten feet, including its claws. Helpful white arrows within the humorous oil paintings point to the feet as each animal is introduced, helping to convey the logic of this way of seeing. The patterned text follows the sequencing in the title, moving on after numeral 10 to more complex computations of feet that march right into the concepts of multiplication and even elementary algebraic equations for those who choose to dip a toe into those waters. The buggy-eyed insects, crabs, and snails provide an appealing cast of characters who stand up to be counted against a summertime palette of orange sand and blue skies. (Picture book. 4-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763614065
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.13 (w) x 9.63 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

April Pulley Sayre and Jeff Sayre are a husband-and-wife team who lead ecotours and travel extensively to study, photograph, and videotape animals in the rain forests of Panama, Madagascar, and Ecuador. They also speak at schools, botanical gardens, zoos, and nature festivals. Together they wrote a natural history book for adults. Jeff Sayre is an ecologist specializing in native plants and birds. April Pulley Sayre is an award-winning author of more than forty books for children. The Sayres love to brainstorm and laugh together - which is how the idea for ONE IS A SNAIL came about.

Randy Cecil graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and is the illustrator of numerous books for children. He says of ONE IS A SNAIL, "It was great fun to figure out how these strange creatures would react in all these different combinations. Crabs seem to have the best time together!"

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