"A young girl and a menagerie of animals...in ever-changing combinations swim in or fall in and climb out of the girl's backyard pond. The animals' continual activity encourages young children to use beginning mathematical skills to respond to the question that appears at the bottom of each double-page spread: 'How many are in my pond?'....The humorous situations and interactive questions make this book an excellent choice for both group and individual sharing."--Horn Book.
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Ann Jonas has written and illustrated many popular books for children, including Color Dance, Reflections, and Round Trip, which was an ALA Notable Book and a "New York Times" Best Illustrated Book. She is a graduate of Cooper Union and has worked as a graphic designer for many years with her husband, Donald Crews. They live in upstate New York.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2?From the title page to the end, Jonas creates a book that keeps asking "How many are in my pond?," but in which counting is not the centerpiece?it's the splash that really counts. As in many of her books, the text is not confined to one part of the page, but changes color, size, and shape to work as part of and reinforce the illustrations. The blues of sky and water, soothing green of the lawn, and straight lines dominate the serene first page, but the mood abruptly changes as the turtle, then the frogs, the dog, cat, and even the young narrator jump into and then climb out of the water. White foam sprays up, the word "splash" floats above the spray, ripples appear on the water's surface, and the question waves at the bottom of the water. Each time, the response will be different as the number of creatures in the pond changes. On the last page, calm is restored, and the young African American narrator feeds her fish. This is an inventive picture book more than a concept book, since no numerals appear on any of the pages. Enjoy it as a beautifully illustrated, lively story about a girl, her pets, and lots of water.?Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY
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