Children’s Book Author and School Visits
Illustrated by Robin Brickman.
Published by Millbrook Press, 1996.
The world is filled with numbers. Figuring height, weight, the weather, or the cost of bubble gum requires that children understand numbers and number-related words.
Children encounter mathematical concepts early in life – from learning to count their fingers to identifying the numbers on a clock. In this bouncy, colorful photo-essay, Steve Swinburne introduces children to number-related words such as single, double, couple and prefixes such as uni-, bi-, and tri-. The book also includes a guessing game that invites young readers to identify pictures depicting the number-related words they find in the book.
The idea for WHAT’S A PAIR, WHAT’S A DOZEN? came out of a particularly harried time getting our two kids ready to make the school bus. I remember one crazy morning, my wife and I bustling around the kitchen making bag lunches, writing notes to teachers, tying shoe laces. Once we had the kids on the bus, it dawned on me how many number-related phrases we’d used that morning: “Hurry, the bus will be here in a couple of minutes!” “Devon, find a pair of socks!” “We’re out of eggs. Put a dozen eggs on the grocery list.” I thought it might be neat to explore those math-related words in a photo-concept book.