Counting and planting seeds

January 8, 2010 at 4:27 pm

One Child, One Seed: A South African Counting Book by Kathryn Cave, illustrated by Gisele Wulfsohn; published by Henry Holt and Company, in Association with Oxfam, New York; 2002.

Photographs are laid out like a scrapbook.  The text is complex and layered.  First, it is a simple counting book…one child, one seed.  Then more detail about planting and caring for the seed are added.  And last, italic type provides details about life for protagonist Nothando and her family.  The rich layers of the book offer reinforcement of counting skills while providing a glimpse at life in another world.

I would recommend this book to teachers in early elementary to support social studies curriculum as well as add it to a theme box either on counting or world cultures.

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