Twoby Kathryn Otoshi Published 23 Sep 2014
|Publisher||KO Kids Books|
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Two is best friends with One. Whenever they'd get the chance, they'd dance! She'd sing and snap. He'd tappity-tap. What a pair they made! At the end of each day, they'd always say, "ONE, TWO, I'll count on you, 'til the end, we'll be best friends." Until Three jumps in between them . . . Suddenly One only wants to play with Three. "ONE, THREE, odds we'll be!" they chant. Two feels left out. But what can she do? Another character-building counting book by award-winning author Kathryn Otoshi, Two is a powerful story of friendship, loss, letting go, and self-discovery.
Who knew a number book could be so interesting and fun?
Pretty good, but not as good as One.
Two and One are best friends until that green Three comes along, luring away One with the promise that “Odds are better than the rest.” As in her previous excellent picture books One and Zero, Kathryn Otoshi’s Two gives us a playful story of numbers coming into conflict and then finding ways to resolution. Otoshi uses catchy rhymes and rhythms and clever graphics to gently explore how friendships can be threatened and eventually restored. I admire how Two’s subtle wordplay brings out affective and aesthetic possibilities in several math-y concepts: odd, odds, even, greater than, less than, dividing, and angle. Two can be used with all age groups, including older readers who enjoyed One and Zero.
A friendship story which covers all the on again off again frustrations and jealousy that can creep into even the closest bond.
I really like the previous picture books involving numbers and moral lessons, but this book reads a little weaker compared to the previous two. The beginning was good because the reality of the friendship and the breakdown of it was all very relatable. From there the story became a little too sophisticated for my tastes. All sorts of artisitic math references were worked into the storytelling and the overall message which I think very much flies above kids' heads. Here, I think the simpler, the stronger the story.
That said, I still very much enjoy this author's work and will eagerly anticipate upcoming projects.
I liked this book. The first i have read of the author. Look foreward to Zero and One. For my two year old it is great since we are learning numbers and letters. I thought it was clever yet simple. Can't wait to read the other two. Great for young learners. Not sure the logic in the poorer reviews. I mean come on. It's a kids book. It is a great tool in educating your little one.
This doesn't really work. Too much of a stretch. Zero and One taught children numeric concepts, while also providing a fun story about another topic, such as self-worth, i.e. Zero. This book is just about numbers that fight and try to form cliques based on similarities. Kind of goofy. The number two itself meant nothing.