Wednesday, October 20, 2021

"We Are One: How the World Adds Up" by Susan Hood & "Moose's Book Bus" by Inga Moore [Review & Giveaway - USA/CANADA]

Moose’s Book Bus

My thoughts:  This is a wonderful book. The illustrations are an absolute delight. I just love that all the forest critters walk around on two legs. They've been given some very human characteristics as well.

So much truth and absolutes in this sweet story. Literacy. Sharing. Helping. Providing. Kindness. Generosity. Ingenuity. Creativity.

I highly recommend this book. Children will love to have it read and re-read to them. You'll want to make sure your school and public libraries have copies as well.

About the book: In Inga Moore's charming companion to A House in the Woods, Moose's library outing soon has the whole woodland community crowding into his house to read together. Leave it to Moose to find a solution--on wheels!

Distinguished author-illustrator Inga Moore reunites the cast of A House in the Woods for another tale of friendship and ingenuity. When Moose runs out of stories to tell his family after dinner, he ventures to the town library for books. No sooner is he settled in at home to read them aloud than Bear, Badger, Fox, Hare, Mole, the Three Wild Pigs, and even the Beavers crowd in to listen. Soon everyone is packed in like sardines. What's a clever Moose to do? With its warm, whimsical cast and a snug woodland setting evoked by earthy illustrations, this playful nod to the power of books and libraries to create community will reward new and returning fans alike.

We Are One: How the World Adds Up by Susan Hood 

My thoughts: 
This is not a typical count to 10 book for very young children. Though it is designed to appeal to the young child, the thought processes involve more than one apple and add one apple to equal two apples. 

It begins with.... "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts." ("credited to Aristotle, ancient Greek philosopher.") And then the small print explanatory text gives an example that a pile of sticks built into a campfire is greater as a whole (the fire) than the sum of all the sticks.

So this mind expanding children's book goes on to serve up a variety of informational tidbits along with the math concepts. 
  • A compass always points North and is caused by the Earth's magnetic force draw. A compass has 4 points pointing directions North, East, South, West
  • For the number 5, we learn that ballet has 5 basic positions
  • 7 is a great number. There are 7 colors in visible light. 7 seas on Earth. 
  • Baseball lovers will love the number 9. Example: 9 players, 9 innings, 9 positions
  • And 10 is special as numeric systems are on a base of 10. Think, 10 years = a decade; 10 decades = a century; 10 centuries = a millennium. And we often learn to count on our 10 fingers and 10 toes.
Truly an interesting book to read and ponder.

About the book: 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.

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.
Begins October 20
Ends November 13 @ 12:01 a.m. EST
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DISCLOSURE: I received complimentary copies to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given. Winners' prize is provided and sent directly to the winners by publisher or publicist. Chat With Vera is not responsible for lost or misdirected prizes.


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