MORE THAN ONE by Tana Hoban

MORE THAN ONE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Clever--and simple: beginning with the title. Each of the photographs illustrates "more than one"--in more than one way. Thus we see a stack of egg cartons and also, on either side, a pile of potatoes and onions. It wouldn't be wrong, either, to see the stack as row upon row of cartons--or to think of the loosely-piled onions as a bunch. What Hoban is dealing with--as dexterously as she has ever handled any concept--are ten collective nouns: crowd, group, bundle, herd, flock, team, in addition to the aforecited. The one that applies to the main subject of the picture (the stack of egg cartons) is printed large, in a brilliant blue; the other nine are listed, in small print, to the side. So it is up to the onlooker to find anything else in the photo to which they might apply (or, to distinguish, in the bundle of newspapers, also stacks--which might be conceived of, in addition, as piles). A lesson, then, of many sorts--and both enormously inviting (a row of zebras, a bunch of balloons, a football team, a crowd at the beach) and lots of fun to search out multiples in.
Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1981
ISBN: 0688005969
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Greenwillow
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1981




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