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Ones and Twos by Marthe Jocelyn

Ones and Twos

by Marthe Jocelyn

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The art is kid friendly. It looks like collages and arts and craft projects that young children would do from construction paper and glue. The art encourages diversity. The main characters featured are two young girls who appear to be friends, one white and one black. On several illustrations, the people drawn represent many different ethnicity. There are flags from different countries used as examples.

This is a concept book, teaching young children the difference between the numbers one and two. The sentence structure is very simple: one girl, two legs. This structure is used exclusively from beginning to the end of the book. The book starts with 1-2 progression, then move 2-1. The back of the book varies between 1-2 and 2-1. This style is similar to how I teach math in my class: start with very simple examples, moving towards more complex, and wrap up with randomized problems of different complexity. ( )
  ktnguyen | Apr 26, 2014 |
Very simple, yet lots to look at !!! ( )
  melodyreads | Dec 16, 2013 |
This is a cute rhyming book for young children. It also has illustrations that help with understanding the dialogue. The story is all about how many of the specific things on the page are, but not in the "traditional" way. Despite being about counting, there is a underlying story about two girls having a fun day together.
The illustration looks to be made from paper cut-outs. It has bright colors, and fun shapes that children will enjoy. ( )
  rrossi1 | Sep 19, 2013 |
Collage illustrations provide the movement through this early counting book focusing on the numbers one and two. The main characters, a robin and a pair of girls, carry out an afternoon's activities as the text states which items are in alone and which are in pairs. The paper-collage illustrations are often cluttered, making it difficult to see where the ones and twos are located within the spread. Not recommended. Ages 2-3. ( )
  l_wines | Oct 16, 2011 |
I really love Marthe Jocelyn’s concept books which she’s created with Tom Slaughter and now I’ve also fallen in love with her new collage illustration style – and with this new concept book!

The Jocelyn’s exuberant cut paper and fabric illustrations are accompanied by simple matching sets and rhymes. “One bird, two eggs/One girl, two legs.” The simple one, two scheme continues throughout the story as the girl meets what appears to be a friend and the two spend a happy day at the park. At the end of the story, we see the completion of the circle with the bird returning to her eggs and the girls, who turn out to be sisters, snuggled up in bed together. This story is so simple, full of small pleasures and little beauties. Gaily patterned flowers sprinkle the green paper ground and embossed sky, while a placid cupid pours blue rick rack trim from a bowl of paper blue water. Pink and purple striped wallpaper is decorated with children’s drawings and scattered toys. The border at the bottom of each page has exquisite, tiny decorations; toys, bits of trash, flowers, and birds, which match the theme of the larger illustration spread.

Verdict: Recommended especially for concept collections, this is an excellent read-aloud for toddler storytimes, before bed, and for poring over with friends or parents.

ISBN: 978-1770492202; Published May 2011; F&G provided by publisher at ALA Midwinter; Purchased for my library
  JeanLittleLibrary | Mar 11, 2011 |
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Introduces readers to counting animals and objects in the park as two friends play together there.

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