One Child, One Seed: A South African Counting Book

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9780805072044: One Child, One Seed: A South African Counting Book

A counting book to widen the horizons, packed with information about the life and culture of South Africa.

"One child, one seed.
Two hands to plant the seed.
Three ways to help it grow."

Cultivating, sharing, preparing. Starting with a single seed in a child’s hand and leading right through to a warm, nourishing meal (with plenty for all), this colorful book offers up a satisfying story of the fruits of a communal effort.

So play a simple counting game. Watch a pumpkin grow. Follow young Nothando and discover the rhythms of her daily life in this vivid portrait of one child, one seed, and the South African village in which they both thrive.

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About the Author:

Kathryn Cave has written numerous books for children of all ages. In 1997, her book Something Else was awarded the first UNESCO Prize for Services to Tolerance in Children’s Literature. Ms. Cave lives and works in England. This is her second collaboration with Oxfam.

Gisèle Wulfsohn is a South African photographer who studied at the Johannesburg College of Art. She was one of five photographers commissioned to document the first democratic elections in South Africa, and her resulting pictures were published in the book An End to Waiting. She lives with her family in Johannesburg, South Africa.

From 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
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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