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Zero by Kathryn Otoshi

Zero (edition 2010)

by Kathryn Otoshi

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Authors:Kathryn Otoshi
Info:KO Kids Books (2010), Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:K-2nd Grade Readers, Modern Fantasy, Picturebooks
Tags:Math, Fun with Math, Number Sense, Value, Self Worth

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I really enjoyed this one! Both fun and educational I loved the calligraphy style art used to bring this story to life! A great way for children to both learn a lesson, and to move to the next level of counting at the same time.

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  Shadow494 | May 28, 2017 |
Zero does not think she has value because she is empty inside. All of the other numbers are whole. The other numbers encourage Zero to to try to take the shape of a different number, like eight or nine. But Zero cannot change. Then she notices that she is not empty, she is open. Zero realizes that she can count, too, by soaring into the air and helping to make new numbers, such as 10, 50, and 100. She finally accepts herself and feels like she can matter, too. In this sequel to the book, One, the issues of self-worth and body image are addressed in the same unique way as done in One. ( )
  krista_patman | Mar 23, 2017 |
I just loved this. Beautiful painted illustrations and a wonderful message about learning your own value and working with others to maximize it. ( )
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
The entire series is great for students to learn about inclusion and appreciating others. Great story for expressing feelings. Also a great book for students who are learning numbers. It shows the shapes of numbers and counting together.
  KyleeO | Nov 30, 2015 |
I love reading this book to my students because it emphasizes counting skills, and number sense. Moreover,it teaches young and very impressionable readers the importance of friendship, and finding value in oneself. I love having this book on my pre-k shelf, and I suggest it to anyone that wants something more than just a counting book. ( )
  kberryman44 | Dec 6, 2014 |
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Zero is a big round number. When she looks at herself, she just sees a hole right in her center. Every day she watches the other numbers line up to count: "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 . . . !" "Those numbers have value. That's why they count," she thinks. But how could a number worth nothing become something? Zero feels empty inside. She watches One having fun with the other numbers. One has bold strokes and squared corners. Zero is big and round with no corners at all. "If I were like One, then I can count too," she thinks. So she pushes and pulls, stretches and straightens, forces and flattens herself, but in the end she realizes that she can only be Zero. As budding young readers learn about numbers and counting, they are also introduced to accepting different body types, developing social skills and character, and learning what it means to find value in yourself and in others.

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Zero, dismayed by her big, empty, roundness, tries to force herself into the shape of the much-admired One, but must finally accept that she can only be Zero.

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