Ones and Twos

Ones and Twos

by Marthe Jocelyn, Nell Jocelyn
     
 

Marthe Jocelyn’s ability to present important-to-learn concepts to the very young has garnered accolades from around the world. Ones and Twos is her first book collaboration with her nineteen-year-old art student daughter, Nell, and, together, they explore numeracy, sorting, and pairing. Each brightly illustrated page invites children to identify

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Marthe Jocelyn’s ability to present important-to-learn concepts to the very young has garnered accolades from around the world. Ones and Twos is her first book collaboration with her nineteen-year-old art student daughter, Nell, and, together, they explore numeracy, sorting, and pairing. Each brightly illustrated page invites children to identify familiar objects ranging from kites to socks, from one nest to the two birds sitting in it. Ones and Twos gives little toddlers and their caregivers much to discuss and to enjoy together, and it introduces an exciting new creative team.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Nell Jocelyn makes her debut in this collaboration with her mother, a counting book that doesn't go past two—and doesn't need to. Marthe Jocelyn contributes concise verse ("One bench, two bags,/ One pole, two flags"), while her daughter, working in collage, creates a friendly and expansive outdoor setting for a pair of girls to explore. In addition to the single and paired items mentioned in the couplets, numerous others appear, both in the main scenes and in the borders. Perhaps even more valuable than the counting aspect is the portrait of the girls' generous friendship. Ages 2–5. (May)
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PRAISE FOR ONES AND TWOS:
“This delightful concept book brings visual literacy to the forefront, supported by a minimal text…. The simple descriptive verses … are spot-on to reinforce images of numeracy, sorting, paring, common-object recognition, and the daily lives of young children. Each page or spread is illustrated with creative, engaging collages on paper, textured fabrics, and items … extending the opportunity for learning and discussion…. The charming collages are the stars of the show and will inspire curiosity”
—Starred Review, School Library Journal

“… Jocelyn’s imaginative collages help create a book rich in playful details, with a storyline told through pictures that provide depth to the concepts explored in the text…. Although the text is very spare, words like ‘lone,’ ‘swoop,’ and ‘chums’ provide verbal interest. The variety of colours and textures add dept and fascination to the collage images…. Sophisticated and yet endearingly simple, Ones and Twos can be enjoyed by both very young children and the adults who read it with them.”
—Starred Review, Quill & Quire

PRAISE FOR A DAY WITH NELLIE:
“Jocelyn’s charming, intricate collages magically turn cloth, buttons, and other materials into lively, colorful, multidimensional scenes. Children will enjoy the pictures and relate to this day in the life of a typical pre-schooler.”
School Library Journal

“…delightfully child-friendly…There are so many things to see and so many different objects…used to make the pictures that numerous readings will be welcomed.”
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PRAISE FOR WHICH WAY?:
“…As a teaching tool this book is a standout, but it also holds it own as a charming and well-illustrated storybook. Highly recommended.”
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PRAISE FOR SAME SAME:
“… a book like this is an essential part of the very young child’s library.”
– Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

“An appealing and eye-catching addition.”
School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Patrice Belotte
A day at the park reveals many wonders in singles and pairs. Two friends may share one bench as they eat their lunch and watch one boy play fetch with his dog. Two girls will play with one ball and one bird will fly away from two eggs safely in her nest. All the while, one cloud will quietly float beyond two kites. A basic rhyme scheme sets a rhythm for this simple story of two friends spending the day together at a busy park. The story also follows the adventure of a friendly robin who seems to tag along on the girls' little adventures. Nell Jocelyn has teamed up with her mother in her debut children's book. Utilizing her mother's success and her own artistic talents, the Jocelyn's bring a very textual sense to the illustrations throughout the book. Layers of felt and fabric color the pages and the characters. Walkways are set with newspaper and ribbon adds detail to flowers and trees. Each page is finished with a border that follows the subject of that particular part of the story. Each border is created carefully utilizing pairs of objects offset by singular items. Reviewer: Patrice Belotte
School Library Journal
PreS—This delightful concept book brings visual literacy to the forefront, supported by a minimal text. The dual story line features a robin family and two friends who spend time at the park before having a sleepover. The simple descriptive verses, such as "One cloud, two kites/One bun, two bites," are spot-on to reinforce images of numeracy, sorting, paring, common-object recognition, and the daily lives of young children. Each page or spread is illustrated with creative, engaging collages on paper, textured fabrics, and items such as feathers, popsicle sticks, and pine needles, extending the opportunity for learning and discussion. For example, one spread shows the nest with two baby chicks; another shows one red feather and two girls sharing it. At the bottom of each page is a panel featuring common objects such as keys, bottle caps, socks, shoes, leaves, and, of course, the numbers "1" and "2." The charming collages are the stars of the show and will inspire curiosity.—Anne Beier, Clifton Public Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
With their first collaborative effort, this mother-daughter team proves that they are a duo to watch. Marthe Jocelyn's text is perfect in its simplicity, the short phrases and vocabulary just right for toddler audiences, while the rhythm and rhyme are spot-on. The text loosely follows two young girls and a mother bird through a day, the three often crossing paths. Beginning with, "One bird, two eggs, / One girl, two legs," the tale eventually ends in the dark with, "One nest, / two heads. / Two girls, / one bed." In between, Jocelyn adds a further layer of meaning to the simple concept of counting ones and twos in what she chooses to pair: "One swoops, two walk, / One sings, two talk." Nell Jocelyn's picture-book debut is a visual feast of colors, patterns and textures. Found papers and objects, cut paper, folded elements, newspaper and string are all collaged into a wonderfully cohesive whole. The artwork allows children to see the big picture as well as the details. And are there ever details! A lower border of tiny images provides more matching opportunities, while the larger picture is chock-full of things to keep readers coming back for yet another look. A worthy contribution to any toddler bookshelf...and hopefully just the beginning of a long partnership. (Picture book. 2-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770492202
Publisher:
Tundra
Publication date:
05/10/2011
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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