Wednesday, August 14, 2019

"One is a Lot - Except When It's Not" - a bookwrap

Today's book offers an innovative and thought-provoking look at the question...  How many is enough? 


"One Is a Lot (Except When It's Not)"

Authored by Muon Thi Van
Illustrated by Pierre Pratt

* Ages:  2-5
* Grade Level:  PS+
* Hardcover:  32 pages
* Publisher: Kids Can Press
* Pub. Date:  Oct. 1, 2019
* Language:  English

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

Unwrapping the Story

This thought-provoking simple book shows various examples of how when counting things, the smallest numbers 0, 1, 2 can mean a little or a lot or just the right amount. 

Let me explain a bit.  Sometimes... 1 sun is a lot.  1 dog is a lot, 2 can even be too much if you are a little squirrel gathering hazelnuts to take back to your nest.  When you look up at a menacing raincloud 0 is perfect or if you are playing a game of soccer 0 score is not enough.  The book gives a philosophical look at how the value of numbers depends on one's perspective.  

The illustrations are colourful and enrich the concepts presented beautifully.  This picture book with its playful and pondering spirit gets a child thinking and promotes discussion while providing a new way of interacting with numbers.  I personally think it would be best to share the book with someone older who can provide a deeper understanding of the whole point of the book.  

 Storywraps Rating - 4 HUGS!!!!

Meet the author 

Mượn Thị Văn can often be found thinking about stories while sipping lukewarm coffee on her front porch; or writing drafts of stories while hunched over her smudgy laptop in her cramped car; or revising stories (mentally) while ambling through her creaky neighborhood eucalyptus groves.

Her first book, In a Village by the Sea, illustrated by April Chu, won the Northern California Book Award for Best Picture Book and was selected as a Kirkus Best Book of the Year, a Huffington Post Best Book of the Year, and a New York Public Library Best Book For Kids.

Her second book, The Little Tree, illustrated by JoAnn Adinolfi, received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and was selected for the National Geographic Learning Program and the L.A. Times Holiday Books list.

Her next book, Clever Little Witch, will hit shelves this summer, followed by One Is a Lot this fall. Mượn hopes you'll stick around and grow up, and down, and inside and out, with her and her books. (less)

About the Illustrator

Being born in 1962 isn't easy, but that's exactly what Pierre Pratt did, on February 8th. Little by little, he began to grow. Like any growing artist, he drew the objects around him and the people he met in the quiet atmosphere of his little room, his face a mask of perfect concentration. He still retains that expression. He studied graphic design at Ahuntsic College in Montreal. At the beginning of the 1980s, he began drawing small comic strips. Then he turned to illustration. He did his apprenticeship with several different magazines in Quebec. Since 1990, he has been illustrating (and also writing) books for children, some 50 by now. He has won several prizes, including three Governor General's Literary Awards, a Golden Apple and a Golden Plaque at the Bienniale of Illustrations Bratislava, a Totem at the Montreuil Salon du Livre, the UNICEF Illustrator of the Year award at the Bologna Book Fair, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award, the Mr. Christie Book Award and the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. In 2008, he represented Canada for the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award.

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