|What in the world? : numbers in nature|
Author: Day, Nancy Raines
A rhyming nonfiction picture book that explores the numerical sets--one tail, two paws, four legs, etc.--that occur throughout the natural world.
Kirkus Reviews (07/15/15)
School Library Journal (06/01/15)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 06/01/2015 PreS-K—Day's simple rhyming text encourages children to count natural phenomena. From one moon and sun to stars in "sets too big to count," her examples give viewers opportunities to hone their skills. The large format encourages group participation. For the most part, the items to be counted are easily identified. Five arms on five sea stars and eight undulating octopus limbs are exceptionally clear. The seven colors of the rainbow shading from one to another will be harder to distinguish, and the child's crossed arms hide one finger. Yet, Cyrus's thoughtfully composed illustrations will reward repeated viewings, because featured objects recur in several places. For example, the three bees hovering in the lower corner of the spread featuring two bluebirds appear prominently when the page is turned. Sharp-eyed viewers will be rewarded by such discoveries, including the appearance of many plants and animals traced in the night sky among the stars. VERDICT This book can serve as a group introduction to encourage students to spot sets in the natural world and inspire one-on-one or independent viewers to spot the interconnections in the illustrations.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University Library, Mankato - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.