The whole is greater than the sum of its parts--and unity and connection are most important of all--in a beautifully illustrated counting book with a timely message.
One can be one thing all on its own--one star, one stream, one stick, one stone. But those on their toes, those using their smarts, know one can be more than the sum of its parts.
Consider the two slices of bread that make up one sandwich, or the three lines of poetry that form one haiku, or even the ten years that form one decade. From one to ten, from sandwiches to centuries, every part is necessary to the whole. In this fascinating concept book, a simple rhyming narration aimed at younger children is complemented by informational panels about subjects like the four compass points, the five acts in Shakespeare, the seven colors of a rainbow, or the nine innings in baseball. Award-winning author Susan Hood and debut children's book illustrator Linda Yan offer a mind-expanding look at early math concepts such as part/whole relationships, fractions, and addition--while underlying themes of cooperation, peace, and kindness make this beautiful volume one to be enjoyed by anyone at any age.
Combining rhyming lines with context beneath, this counting picture book offers a summation of things that exist in the world. "One can be one thing/ all on its own--one star,/ one stream,/ one stick,/ one stone," Hood begins. Text along the bottom of the page reads, "The idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts is often credited to Aristotle, an ancient Greek philosopher." The book proceeds to detail all manner of things in numbers from one to 10--three-lined haiku, five-act plays, six-sided snowflakes. Textural digital illustrations by Yan follow a peach-skinned figure in a yellow outfit through the pages, which feature an anthropomorphic cast of animals. The scope is somewhat overwhelming, lacking in unified subject matter, but trivia-minded children will surely find tidbits to enjoy. Back matter includes sources and resources and "some other things that come in groups." Ages 3-7. (Sept.)Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.
Immensely satisfying for young lovers of numbers and fascinating for everyone.