NUMBERS AT PLAY: A Counting Book by Charles Sullivan

NUMBERS AT PLAY: A Counting Book

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In a counting-book companion to Suilivan's Alphabet, Animals (1991), the numbers up to 10 as seen in works of art. From the title-page photo of a ten-man bicycle (1896), the images chosen are unusual, diverse, and of excellent quality; mostly, they come from the 20th century (Ferdinand LÉger, William Henry Johnson, Robert Indiana), though Renoir and Winslow Homer also appear. A couple of the photos compound the artistry: a shot of children climbing on Central Park's ""Alice in Wonderland"" statue and another of a young dancer mimicking George Segal's ""The Dancers."" There are two illustrations for each number: one in which objects may be counted, another where the numeral appears one or more times. Sullivan's slight verse is of no particular consequence (""'How many children?'/asked the March Hare./Try to count seven/playing there""), but serves well enough to round out this handsome, intelligently conceived offering. Full citations to the art, with brief but informative comments on the artists.

Pub Date: June 18th, 1992
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Rizzoli