Zeroby Published 15 Sep 2010
|Publisher||KO Kids Books|
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.
Zero, by Kathryn Otoshi, is the follow up to One. The moral of this story is peer perception and self-value as the number zero has to find where it fits in with the other numbers. Zero feels empty inside, but discovers that by being open, it can facilitate creating bigger and greater value(s). I like both of these books for incorporating deeper meanings into lessons on counting through bold splotches of colorful illustrations. Between them, I do prefer One for its simple, powerful message on anti-bullying, and its vibrant cover art.
This gorgeously illustrated book is all about the number zero. The book is narrated from zero's perspective. It is designed to help children develop an understanding of what zero means and how it relates to other numbers. The story is very touching, and the beautiful watercolor illustrations keep the reader engaged. The story starts by explaining what zero is, then goes on to discuss zero's relationship to other numbers, getting up to four digit numbers. It talks about how "zero brings value to everything." I am going to get this book for my classroom!
Zero's story is even more touching than 1's. Love this one, even if I did just draft notes for a "Zero" picture book only to find this book already exists!
Not quite as outstanding as One, but good message and high quality for a children's book
Brilliant message, beautifully done.