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“By a clever use of colour and shape the artist leads children to an awareness of the fascination and logic of numbers.”
”….his controversial 123…replaces the conventional number book with a play of almost abstract forms which sparkle and glow like stain glassed windows.”
Bettina Hurlimann, Picture Book World
Remembering a child’s love of form and colour, Brian Wildsmith has devised a counting book of brilliant simplicity. He has illustrated each numeral - from one to ten - with a picture made up of three basic shapes - rectangles, circles and triangles - in a kaleidoscope of colours. From the simple circle illustrating ‘one’, the shapes build up to form recognisable objects until, at the end of the book, there are a number of puzzle pictures designed to test the child’s assimilation of the text. This is counting made easy and pleasurable.
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