About the Author
Cathryn Falwell received a BFA degree in printmaking from the University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts. After launching a graphic design business and then a family, she began to write and illustrate children's books, something she'd wanted to do since second grade. Ms. Falwell lives in Gorham, Maine.
What People are Saying About This
"Impressive collages . . . A joyful celebration of family and food." Booklist, ALA
"Falwell has captured the warmth and love of an African-American family. . . . The brightly colored collage illustrations depict the bouncing energy of the children and their attentive mother in a creative counting book that will delight young readers." Horn Book
"The successful rhyme scheme builds a natural rhythm that helps the simple text read smoothly. Collage illustrations combine colored paper, patterned fabrics, and felt in a clear, uncluttered design. . . . The figures are animated and expressive . . . an appealing glance at a typical extended family." School Library Journal
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This counting book portrays an experience familiar to many children: a family shopping for, cooking, and finally eating dinner. The counting actually helps create anticipation as we see the the tasty ingredients first purchased, then prepared. The book uses both numerical and word representations of numbers and counts to ten twice, reinforcing the counting concept. What I liked most about this book was the subtext not directly related to the numbers. We see a family joyfully preparing a healthy meal together (the kids help) and sitting down to eat together. Moreover, there is some sharing of the work traditionally assigned only to mothers. The mother does do the shopping and most of the cooking, but the father holds the baby and recycles the cans--a small step, but something. The numbers are clearly represented, the illustrations are easy to count and cheerful. This book is appropriate for ages 2 to 6.
My nieces ask me to read this book to them often. It's a very fast book, suitable both for very young children and for slightly older ones. We love looking at various details - like the fact that "five kinds of beans" includes JELLY beans, or the fact that the baby sits on a lap at dinner. It's just a quick, sweet book.