OCEAN COUNTING by Jerry Pallotta

OCEAN COUNTING

Odd Numbers
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

Pallotta turns to ocean-animal facts for his latest concepts offering: odd numbers. Beginning with one striped bass, the ocean holds a vast array of unusual animals, from limpets and lumpfish, to horseshoe crabs and skate eggs. A brief paragraph accompanies each animal and focuses on only a few facts. The lessons on odd numbers are a little less successful. Pallotta does not introduce the concept of an odd number until the counting has reached 37, and then not very well. As he continues, the animal facts get less attention, and the focus shifts to numbers. This is a particular problem since the last two numbers, 50 and zero, are both even. Bersani’s illustrations are breathtakingly lifelike. Readers will almost be able to feel the bumpy starfish, the sharp edges of the razor clam and the curious rough-softness of the sand. The colors and textures give each scene an amazing depth. Considering the 50 items readers will need to count at the end of the book, he does an excellent job of keeping them as separate as possible. Okay nature study, barely passable math. (Picture book. 4-9)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-88106-151-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Charlesbridge
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2005




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