by Kathryn Otoshi


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Zero is a big round number. When she looks at herself, she just sees a hole right in her center. Every day she watches the other numbers line up to count: "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 . . . !" "Those numbers have value. That's why they count," she thinks. But how could a number worth nothing become something? Zero feels empty inside. She watches One having fun with the other numbers. One has bold strokes and squared corners. Zero is big and round with no corners at all. "If I were like One, then I can count too," she thinks. So she pushes and pulls, stretches and straightens, forces and flattens herself, but in the end she realizes that she can only be Zero. As budding young readers learn about numbers and counting, they are also introduced to accepting different body types, developing social skills and character, and learning what it means to find value in yourself and in others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780972394635
Publisher: KO Kids Books
Publication date: 09/15/2010
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 73,479
Product dimensions: 9.48(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.47(d)
Lexile: 510L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

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Zero 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ydraughon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book about the number zero is story about how zero has no value however when added to numbers such as 1 to make 10 it has value. The students really enjoyed this book. It uses some symbolism that my younger students did not understand, but I thought that is was very clever. The students did like the cover and how the letter "o" in zero was irridesecnt and changed colors. I used it to read before teaching the concept of adding and subtracting zero. This book could be used in English to show writing techniques and symbolism.
paulaanweiler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Zero thinks it doesn't count until it realizes how important it is to the other numbers.
fvalle89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
read after reading One, powerful as well, great group discussions after reading the books (what is the author's message? how does this apply to our lives?)
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