One Boy, one great book

January 10, 2010 at 11:37 am

One Boy by Laura Vaccaro Seeger; published by A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, New York; 2008.

The summary for this book states, “A boy creates ten paintings in this counting book that also explores the relationship of words within words.”  Seeger accomplishes all this with few words and strategically placed windows on every other page.  Yes, it is a counting book as the window only reveals the items being counted—one boy, for example.  When the page is turned, the whole picture is revealed (one boy, all alone, but with his art supplies) and the opposite page in the spread reveals that “one” from the previous page has been revealed as part of the word “alone.”  The progression of the book builds in vivid color and one boy’s imagination to reveal a string of 10 paintings and the word “one” again used in the final word: “done.”

This book works on so many levels it must be read to young children multiple times to explore all the possibilities.  I certainly would include it in a counting book collection.  I would also use it with early elementary students to explore the “word-within-a-word” theme.  An art teacher could also use this book to inspire her class.


Entry filed under: ABC or 1-2-3 Book, ALSC Notable Winner, Picture Book, Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal or Honor Book for Beginning Readers. Tags: , , , , , .

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