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NUMBERS AT PLAY by Charles Sullivan


A Counting Book

by Charles Sullivan

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: June 18th, 1992
ISBN: 0-8478-1501-3
Publisher: Rizzoli

 In a counting-book companion to Sullivan'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 LÇger, 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. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)