Here is a counting book to widen the horizons, packed with information about the life and culture of South Africa, and accompanied by stunning, full-colour images from Oxfam's photographers. Each spread features a main photograph that follows Nothando, as she grows and harvests a pumpkin seed and contains simple counting from 1 to 10. Surrounding this are secondary images and text, containing an abundance of information about the growing of plants and crops, shopping, travelling, food preparation, family meals and much more.
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Kathryn Cave has worked in publishing for over 25 years and written many books for children. In 1997, Something Else, illustrated by Chris Riddell, won the UNESCO Prize for children's literature in the service of tolerance. She lives in Hampstead, London. To visit her website click hereFrom School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2-Cave has taken the idea of a counting book one step beyond, and turned it into a fascinating social-studies lesson, in the best sense. Children count from 1 to 10 with Nothando as she plants a pumpkin seed that grows to bear fruit for a delicious stew. "One child, one seed. Two hands to plant the seed. Three ways to help it grow," the text reads. But that is just the beginning in this gem of a book. In a harmonious partnership of narrative and crisp, beautifully composed photographs that show the individuality of each person, readers get a glimpse into the life of an extended family living in a rural South African community. Spreads consist of a left-hand counting page where the story of the seed is told through a minimal text and color photograph that clearly shows the objects to be counted. On the opposite page, the narrative continues with a line of large-print text, along with a small photo and additional text offering further details about the life of this community, including games, transportation, and the local store. The only quibble is that Nothando and her extended family are not shown enjoying the long-awaited feast. The recipe for isijingi, the pumpkin stew, is included as are some basic geographical facts and a simple map. The writing has good rhythm, and reads aloud well. All in all, this fine counting book is a welcome addition to any collection, and will enrich harvest units.
Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City
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Book Description Frances Lincoln Childrens Book, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110711219109
Book Description Frances Lincoln Childrens Book, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand New!. Bookseller Inventory # VIB0711219109