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ONE SOME MANY by Marthe Jocelyn


by Marthe Jocelyn, illustrated by Tom Slaughter

Age Range: 2 - 5

Pub Date: June 8th, 2004
ISBN: 0-88776-675-7
Publisher: Tundra

A combination concept and counting book, this would work better if it were one or the other. The concepts of “some,” “many,” and “a few” are introduced to young readers but without the repetition that would make them truly stick in the minds of children. One pear stands alone, three pears are some, while a tree full of pears represents many. A “few” is presented as being more than two—it might be three, four, or more. From this point, the text diverges into a counting book. Once reaching ten, the story asks the never-answered questions, “is ten some? / is ten many?” Slaughter’s bright, bold paper cuts are reminiscent of Matisse and are a good bridge to the world of modern art. Too bad it tries to be so many things. (Picture book. 2-5)