Zero Is the Leaves on the Tree (Hardcover)
Tricycle Press, 9781582462493, 24pp.
Publication Date: September 8, 2009
Can you hear it?
Can you feel it? This important math concept is beautifully explored in a way that will inspire children to find zero everywhere--from the branches of a tree by day to the vast, starry sky by night.
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Praise For Zero Is the Leaves on the Tree…
Picture books about numbers typically go from one up to 10. The idea of zero may be a bit more abstract, but this picture book communicates the concept in child-friendly terms: “Zero is . . . the balls in the bin at recess time. 0 balls,” or “. . . the sound of snowflakes landing on your mitten. 0 sounds,” or “the kites in the sky once the wind stops blowing. 0 kites.”...Nicely composed and often quiet in tone, Arihara’s gouache paintings illustrate those images with sensitivity.—Booklist magazine
How exactly do you define zero? Franco’s thought-provoking meditations challenge readers to move beyond conventional school-taught facts (it’s a number; it’s egg-shaped) to poetic observations about zero outside the classroom via a tour of the seasons....Cleverly upending the notion that zero amounts to nothing, the book reveals instead that zero is an absence that is observable, countable, and meaningful. —The Horn Book Review