I know numbers!

Tarō Gomi

Book - 2017

"A picture book that introduces the concept of numbers, and different ways that numbers are used in the world"--

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
San Francisco, California : Chronicle Books 2017.
Language
English
Japanese
Physical Description
32 pages : color illustrations ; 22 x 26 cm
ISBN
9781452159188
1452159181
Main Author
Tarō Gomi (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

"Numbers are everywhere!" begins this listing of the many ways we use them. There are numbers on clocks, calendars, thermometers, and bathroom scales. We use numbers for calling people and for choosing TV channels. Numbers tell us the prices of vegetables and the sizes of clothing. Along roadways, they appear on license plates, buses, and signs. At sporting events, there are numbers on the seats, on the players' uniforms, and on the scoreboard. And, of course, "We use numbers to do math." With sentences such as "Numbers are on buildings so mail carriers can deliver mail," the text is simple and utilitarian, but the concept is a good one for children to think about, and the artwork has definite appeal. The colorful paintings feature distinctive, simplified forms of people, places, and familiar activities. First published in 1985 in Japan, this book was created by the Japanese writer and illustrator whose Over the Ocean (1978; English translation, 2016) received the 2017 Batchelder Award. A picture book with numbered pages and definite classroom potential. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

This cheerful picture book is less about counting and more about exploring the concept of numbers and the many ways they are used, from telling time to keeping score and creating home addresses so mail gets to the right place. Though numbers themselves don't really change, some things have since this book was first published in Japan in 1985: "These numbers are used to call someone," writes Gomi as a woman punches digits on a corded telephone; nearby, an elderly man pushes the number 4 on the front of a TV set to change the channel. But dated technology doesn't detract from this book's charm in the slightest: the text, while direct, is infectiously enthusiastic, and Gomi's characteristically vivid images clearly illustrate just how multifaceted numbers are. Ages 3–5. (Sept.) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-K—What is the time? Is your temperature low or high? How much do you weigh? What is your building number? Gomi points out that numbers are everywhere and takes young readers on a counting adventure as he demonstrates the applications of numbers in their daily life. The colorful illustrations call young readers to attention. When the text references numbers, they are shown in context on a clock, on a calendar, on TV channels, on street signs, on phones, on thermometers, and even as page numbers of the book they are reading. The resounding selection of people, objects, and concepts turns a counting book into a delightful cultural experience where cars drive on the left side of the road and a group of boys and girls together do the math on the board. This is not a book to teach children how to count. However, through a series of playful illustrations and different scenarios, kids will enjoy learning about the many common applications of numbers. VERDICT An excellent addition to collections of concept books, suitable for one-on-one and small group sharing.—Taraneh Matloob Haghanikar, University of Northern Iowa, Iowa City Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"A picture book that introduces the concept of numbers, and different ways that numbers are used in the world"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Introduces the concept of numbers and the different ways that they are used in the world, from the date and time to street signs and thermometers.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

How do we love numbers? Let us count the ways: They're on street signs and bus stops, featured on phones, thermometers, chalkboards, and scales. They show the time and the date, and help us to measure distance, sizing, and so much more. This spirited picture book by beloved author-illustrator Taro Gomi will charm and inform the youngest of readers, offering them a unique'and useful'look at a key concept we count on.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

How do we love numbers? Let us count the ways: They're on street signs and bus stops, featured on phones, thermometers, chalkboards, and scales. They show the time and the date, and help us to measure distance, sizing, and so much more. This spirited picture book by beloved author-illustrator Taro Gomi will charm and inform the youngest of readers, offering them a unique—and useful—look at a key concept we count on.