In this book, Mitsumasa Anno, the creator of the brilliantly inventive Anno's Alphabet, invites young readers on another stimulating adventure of the imagination-this time into the world of numbers and counting. Gentle watercolor pictures show a landscape changing through the various times of day and the turning seasons, months and years, and the activities of the people and animals who come to live there. But the seemingly simple plan of the book is deceptive: look more carefully and you will see one-to-one correspondences; groups and sets; scales and tabulations; changes over time periods; and many other mathematical relationships as they occur in natural, everyday living. Just as our forebears developed our number system from observing the order of nature, the reader is subtly led to see and understand the real meaning of numbers.
Look at this book and look again. Each time you do so, you will find another application of a natural mathematical concept that you had not noticed before.
|Product dimensions:||10.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.00(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
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Anno's Counting Book is unlike any other I've seen. It's not boring, or glib, or hit-you-over-the-head obvious. The book begins with zero's barren snow-covered landscape. Each page finds more people, trees, or buildings arriving on the land as settles build up the town. Spring arrives with "three" and the town continues to bloom. By "seven" (July), the little village is in the full swing of summer with its seven pines, seven buildings, seven chimneys, seven children, seven adults, seven cows, seven colors of the rainbow, seven sheets line-drying in the summer breeze, etc. The numbers go up through twelve (December), each page showing not just things to count but the progression of the seasons and village life. (ages 2-7)
I enjoyed the beautiful illustrations in this book. I like the fact that the number of things in each page corresponds to the number represented and I like the visual representation of cubes. My only suggestion would be to add the number word on each page as well so that students can learn to recognize each number word.
I read this book as a child and remember it with a great fondness. I searched for it everywhere for my daughter and finally found it. I now have to but another copy because we have worn the other one out. A book that will never lose its class.
Anno's beautiful watercolors tell many tales as it leads children to number concepts. Each country scene depicts a number within the scene (one house, one tree, one cow; two houses, two trees, etc)as the seasons move through the year. It lends itself well to making up stories, counting, number recognition, and color identification. But the real charm of this book is that each page is a new story and children will want to keep the book for the memories it holds from their childhood.