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A cumulative counting tale in which one innocent inchworm precipitates busy activity among an increasing number of animals. Hidden in each picture is a numeral, disguised among the shapes of the natural world.
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PreSchool-- A lone inchworm tempts two fish, who trouble three turtles, and so the pages go until nine bees sting ten cows. The small insect has indirectly caused chaos to reign in the the meadow as the cows stampede through the gathering of beasts. Alarmed by the scene, the worm vows to be more careful in the future. Counting books abound, with dozens of authors and illustrators using as many different styles to teach children the sequence of one to ten. Why add another title to the catalog? Certainly a fresh approach would merit selection. Or, smart new illustrations to stimulate visual fancy. Or, a bit of clever poetry. Unfortunately, Yoshi offers none of the above. This is simply another counting book with a sequence of events to lead through the numbers. The alliterative text is unremarkable. The creatures are well drawn but unflattered by the murky hues and diffused edges of their forms, which appear to be painted on silk. Yoshi hides a numeral in each double-page spread. A double fold-out showcases the climax; however, the brooding style weakens the overall effect. For a more successful approach, try Annie Owen's Annie's One to Ten (Knopf, 1989) --Virginia E. Jeschelnig, Willoughby -Eastlake Public Library, Willowick, OH
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Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1991. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0887081592
Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1991. Condition: New. Yoshi (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0887081592