All In The Family! One Family by George Shannon
ONE IS TWO.
ONE PAIR OF SHOES.
ONE TEAM OF HORSES.
In his engaging new picture book, One Family
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015), George Shannon keeps his counting book all in the family--from a family of one elderly lady, reading in her home, through a couple of two people and their wagon pulled by a pair of horses, right up to a family of ten, Mom, Pop, and eight children. All of that is straightforward but lyrical, but that's not where all the fun in this delightfully different lesson in basic counting comes from. With the careful and lovely assistance of artist Blanca Gomez, each double-page spread provides varied opportunity for experience with the specified number on each spread and slyly adds a clue to the number to come. For example, a family of four, has four apples in the fruit bowl and four keys on the ring, along with other sets of four to look for in that family's house. And with a family of ten, there are quite a few sets to count--cookies in a batch, a shelf with ten books. Youngsters will find pleasure in searching out the sets that belong with each number.
Illustrator Blanca Gomez offers families of all kinds, shapes, colors, and ways of living, from big city to small town to countryside, with the theme that, though there are many ways to be a family, all families share the same quality, a feeling of belonging to each other.
ONE IS ONE AND EVERYONE,
ONE EARTH, ONE WORLD, ONE FAMILY
"A visually striking, engaging picture book that sends the message that everyone counts," says Kirkus in their starred review.