CLEVER CONCEPT: A counting book plus a look at organization—the same 100 things appear in different ways throughout, allowing kids to see how categories work.
COMMON CORE/STEAM: Lots of tie-ins, including numeracy, patterns, counting, categories, etc.
GREAT BOY BOOK: The main character is a boy, and lots of the things he is sorting are boy-friendly, but there are lots of things to appeal to girls as well.
AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR: Marthe Jocelyn is a celebrated children’s writer and illustrator and award winner.
UNIQUE ART STYLE: Marthe’s cut-paper artwork is interesting, cheerful and kid-approved.
FOLLOW-UP TO PREVIOUS SUCCESS: Hannah’s Collections was a Governor General’s Award nominee and sold upwards of 15,000 copies across HC and PB.
DIVERSE BOOKS: The main character is a person of color.
PRAISE FOR Ones and Twos:
“This delightful concept book brings visual literacy to the forefront, supported by a minimal text…. The simple descriptive verses…are spot-on to reinforce images of numeracy, sorting, paring, common-object recognition, and the daily lives of young children. The charming collages are the stars of the show and will inspire curiosity.”—Starred Review, School Library Journal
“…Jocelyn’s imaginative collages help create a book rich in playful details, with a storyline told through pictures that provide depth to the concepts explored in the text…Sophisticated and yet endearingly simple, Ones and Twos can be enjoyed by both very young children and the adults who read it with them.”—Starred Review, Quill & Quire
“Marthe Jocelyn’s text is perfect in its simplicity, the short phrases and vocabulary just right for toddler audiences, while the rhythm and rhyme are spot-on. Nell Jocelyn’s picture-book debut is a visual feast of colors, patterns and textures. Found papers and objects, cut paper, folded elements, newspaper and string are all collaged into a wonderfully cohesive whole. A worthy contribution to any toddler bookshelf…”—Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
“…Nell Jocelyn’s cut-paper collages employ a wide range of colorfully patterned and textured paper that will have young viewers poring over the busy details and reach out to touch the pages….”—Horn Book Magazine
“Deceptively simple text accompanied by highly textured, patterned, and colorful collages invite young children to consider number relationships…. Operating on two levels as a concept book that also tells a story, this delightful picture book will draw readers for many repeat visits.”—Booklist
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