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One Sheep, Two Sheep: A Book of Collective Nouns

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Simple, sweet, and utterly charming, this is a book that will teach little ones about basic collectives
 
This adorable counting book includes pictures of children dressed up as their favorite animals—such as geese, butterflies, kangaroos, and frogs—to help teach young ones counting terms. Laid out in accessible two-page spreads, each section includes animals in ones, twos, and then an entire group—for example, "One fish, ...

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Overview

Simple, sweet, and utterly charming, this is a book that will teach little ones about basic collectives
 
This adorable counting book includes pictures of children dressed up as their favorite animals—such as geese, butterflies, kangaroos, and frogs—to help teach young ones counting terms. Laid out in accessible two-page spreads, each section includes animals in ones, twos, and then an entire group—for example, "One fish, two fish, and a school of fish." With simple and colorful pictures accompanying the educational text, this is a fun and useful tool for any child to learn basic collective terminology.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
First published in Australia, this charming small-format book puts a friendly twist on collective nouns, with rosy-cheeked children dressed in homespun animal costumes that usually involve cardboard contraptions, headbands with ears attached, and brightly patterned apparel. Each spread uses a variation on a single counting pattern: "One lion, two lions, a pride of lions." Other groups include a "mob" of kangaroos, a "parade" of elephants, and a "kaleidoscope" of butterflies. The compositions are quite similar—Ainslie doesn't do much with the potential fun of phrases like a "knot" of frogs or "mischief" of mice—but the children exude cheerfulness as they mimic the animals' movements, emphasizing the spirit of pretend play. Ages 3–5. (Aug.)
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"This charming small-format book puts a friendly twist on collective nouns . . . children exude cheerfulness as they mimic the animals' movements, emphasizing the spirit of pretend play."  —Publishers Weekly
Kirkus Reviews

Collective nouns, or the names given to congregations of objects (be they live or inanimate), are good fun, presenting an opportunity to get fanciful with language, with deep etymological roots to back up your whimsy.

Flock might be the arching collective noun for birds, but a parliament of owls or an exaltation of larks have plenty of historical precedents, not to mention they grab a listener's attention. Byers' collection of collectives is a good start to exploring these chromatic, often poetic compounds. She starts with the singular (for instance, goose), then introduces the plural (geese) and finally the collective (a gaggle of geese). Ainslie illustrates each step with delicate watercolors, with children dressing up as the animals. As lists of collective nouns are readily available elsewhere, it is both easy and pleasing to extend the fun by finding other collectives of the same creature: a knot of frogs, as Byers suggests, or an army; a kaleidoscope of butterflies, or a rabble or a swarm; a pride of lions, or a sault or a sowse or a troop. It might asking too much for this age group to explore the origins of these words, but they simply cry out for elaboration—another opportunity for exploration.

A good if modest (only 10 collectives are presented) introduction—but even more: a provocation. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781921541452
  • Publisher: Little Hare Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,111,359
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Byers is a first-time author. Tamsin Ainsley has illustrated for ABC Books and Scholastic, among others. She is the illustrator of Count My Kisses, Little One.

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