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More Than One

More Than One

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by Miriam Schlein, Donald Crews (Illustrator)

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Everyone knows that one is one. But can ONE be more than one? Absolutely! ONE PAIR is always two; ONE WEEK is seven days; and ONE DOZEN is always twelve. And that's just the beginning of this brilliant and original counting book.


Everyone knows that one is one. But can ONE be more than one? Absolutely! ONE PAIR is always two; ONE WEEK is seven days; and ONE DOZEN is always twelve. And that's just the beginning of this brilliant and original counting book.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Budding Noam Chomskys may be disappointed that this book doesn't address the linguistic question of why singular nouns can refer to groups of things or people. Just about everyone else, however, is certain to enjoy how these two veterans of children's literature show that "one can be more than one." Schlein's (I Sailed with Columbus) text is simple but always playful, whether she's explaining that "a pair of shoes is always two," or using the various permutations of a family to show that "one can be different, different every time." Caldecott Honor artist Crews's (Freight Train) watercolor and gouache illustrations have an airy, often impressionistic feel that works well with Schlein's non-pedantic approachalthough he displays a surer hand in depicting nature (a flock of birds, a school of fish) than in rendering people. Ages 4-up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Miriam Schlein teaches young children that numbers are not always what they appear to be. This wonderful link of language arts and math works even better because of the illustrations by award-winning artist Donald Crews.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In this concept book, readers learn that one can be more than one, as when "one pair of shoes is two shoes." Throughout the book, this idea is expanded upon to show that the number one can represent other numbers. The colorful watercolor and gouache artwork clearly illustrates each concept as it is introduced. People of various races and ages obviously enjoy one another's company and help make mathematically abstract ideas more concrete. More Than One is more than the usual counting book and is an enjoyable, accessible introduction to the world of numbers.-Elizabeth Trotter, Scott County Public Library, Georgetown, KY
Kirkus Reviews
Can one be more than one? Yes, when there are two shoes in one pair, nine players on one baseball team, and twelve eggs in one dozen. One family can be two or three or four or more people, and one ocean "has billion/and trillions/and skadillions/of drops of water"—but they are still one family and one ocean. Schlein (Big Talk, 1990, etc.) shows that one doesn't have to be but always is one, and makes an intriguing puzzle for children to ponder. Crew's illustrations, as comfortable and sturdy as the pair of shoes "on your feet/or under the bed," and as wispy and full of flight as a flock of birds that is "awfully hard to count," are nicely wedded to the concept.

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
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Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Miriam Schlein is the acclaimed author of numerous books for children, including the classic stories of motherly love The Way Mothers Are and Just like Me.

Donald Crews is the renowned creator of many celebrated children's books, including the Caldecott Honor Books Freight Train and Truck. He and his wife, Ann Jonas, live in New York's Hudson River Valley.

Donald Crews es el renombrado autor de dos libros merecedores del premio Caldecott, Tren de carga (Freight Train) y School Bus. Vive con su esposa, Ann Jonas, cerca del Río Hudson, en Nueva York.

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More Than One 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
MommyBookworm More than 1 year ago
Overview: Have you ever thought that the number one can mean more than one? This book explores that thought by showing that some things we say are one really have more items in them, like ONE baseball team has NINE players or ONE forest has LOTS of trees. It gives a number of different examples of how ONE can be MORE. Mommy Bookworm's Thoughts: This book has very vibrant illustrations, which would appeal to various ages of children. There is a conflict of reading level and/or appropriate ages for the book. Personally, I think that 2- to 3-year-old children would enjoy the book because of the illustrations, but think that the reading level is more for ages 4+. I think the book is interesting in that it tries to teach how when we say ONE it may sometimes have more parts to it. However, I also feel it is a little confusing especially if you're trying to teach it to a little child. Dahlia Bookworm's Thoughts (11 years old): I did not like the book because it was not very interesting since it had facts that I already knew. I can easily read it. I would recommend it to younger kids though. Daisy Bookworm's Thoughts (7 years old): I could easily read it by myself and only needed help with two or three words. I like the pictures and colors. I thought it was a little boring though. I think it tries to teach kids that the number one can be more than one too.