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.
About the Author
Susan Hood is the award-winning author of many books for young readers, including Double Take! A New Look at Opposites,illustrated by Jay Fleck; Leaps and Bounce and Rooting for You, bothillustrated by Matthew Cordell; The Last Straw: Kids vs. Plastics, illustrated by Christiane Engel; and Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World, illustrated by 13 extraordinary women. She is the recipient of an E. B. White Read-Aloud Honor, a Christopher Award, a Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, and a Golden Kite Award. Susan Hood lives with her family in coastal Connecticut.
Linda Yan is a freelance illustrator who has illustrated for the New York Times, BuzzFeed,Tor Books, and many others. This is her first picture book. Linda Yan lives in the prairies of Canada, but she dreams of one day living in a lighthouse with a bunny and a duck.
An engaging look at the component numbers in just about everything. Hood uses simple rhymed couplets pitched to offer examples of single units composed of one to 10 separate parts. . . . Yan’s bright, full-page illustrations in cartoon-animation style star a small, dark-haired, pale-skinned child with a diverse supporting cast of child and animal characters and give energy to every spread. . . . Though some of the references are likely to be new to the audience, the illustrations provide sufficient context to carry the meaning if not all the nuances. . . . Immensely satisfying for young lovers of numbers and fascinating for everyone. —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Combining rhyming lines with context beneath, this counting picture book offers a summation of things that exist in the world. —Publishers Weekly
With a blend of animal characters and humans who are dressed like stars, the illustrations play with the presence of light throughout the story, enforcing the idea in the book that “we’re a vast constellation.” The colorful, gentle illustrations are perfectly suited to the text, and the book feels very much like a bedtime read that can grow with a curious child. —School Library Journal
A poetic ode to numeracy, this unique mathematical concept book walks the reader through numbers one through ten and explains how those are significant to a variety of topics. . . . This book would make a lovely addition to any elementary math collection. —School Library Connection
That Hood and Yan go from a detailed look at how our world ‘adds up’ to such a big-picture concept (we’re all made of atoms and are all in this together) is splendid. —Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast