Numeralia

Numeralia

Written by: Luján, Jorge
Illustrated by: Isol
Translated by: Ouriou, Susan
ages 3 to 6 / grades P to 1

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From the first page of this unusual and original collaboration between Jorge Luján and Isol, readers will realize that this is not just another counting book. Whether they are discovering that three is for bedtime kisses, or that five is for secret creatures hiding in a glove, children will delight in the poetic and sometimes surreal text. The illustrations by Isol, winner of the 2012 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, depict a world at once familiar and strange, a place where the three musketeers can suddenly become six, and the ugly duckling is not so ugly after all.

This is a book that presents children with the opportunity to go beyond simply learning to count from zero to ten. The book will encourage very young children (and older ones as well) to create their own meanings and make their own connections between the text and the art.

From the first page of this unusual and original collaboration between Jorge Luján and Isol, readers will realize that this is not just another counting book. Whether they are discovering that three is for bedtime kisses, or that five is for secret creatures hiding in a glove, children will delight in the poetic and sometimes surreal text. The illustrations by Isol, winner of the 2012 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, depict a world at once familiar and strange, a place where the three musketeers can suddenly become six, and the ugly duckling is not so ugly after all.

This is a book that presents children with the opportunity to go beyond simply learning to count from zero to ten. The book will encourage very young children (and older ones as well) to create their own meanings and make their own connections between the text and the art.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd — Mar 1, 2014
Specifications 32 pages | 11.25 in x 9 in
Written By Jorge Luján is a prolific and highly respected author and poet. He has worked with many of the world’s greatest illustrators to create an outstanding body of work. Jorge lives in Mexico City. Visit Jorge Luján's website: http://jorgelujan.com/home.htm
Illustrated by Isol is an award-winning author and illustrator, who has been honored with the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for her outstanding contribution to children’s literature. She is renowned for creating picture books, which, as noted in the citation from the ALMA jury, are created “from the eye level of the child.” She lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Visit Isol's website: http://www.isol-isol.com.ar/ Visit Isol's blog: http://www.isol-isol.com.ar/
Written By
Jorge Luján is a prolific and highly respected author and poet. He has worked with many of the world’s greatest illustrators to create an outstanding body of work. Jorge lives in Mexico City. Visit Jorge Luján's website: http://jorgelujan.com/home.htm
Illustrated by
Isol is an award-winning author and illustrator, who has been honored with the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for her outstanding contribution to children’s literature. She is renowned for creating picture books, which, as noted in the citation from the ALMA jury, are created “from the eye level of the child.” She lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Visit Isol's website: http://www.isol-isol.com.ar/ Visit Isol's blog: http://www.isol-isol.com.ar/
Audience ages 3 to 6 / grades P to 1
Reading Levels Lexile NP
Guided Reading J
Reading Recovery 17

“Luján reinvents numbers through a fanciful lens. . . . clever [and] child-friendly.” —School Library Journal

“It's an unexpected way of looking at written characters, but one that will make intuitive sense to children.” —Publishers Weekly

“Numeralia is the melding of artistic endeavor and creativity, conveying staid concepts with the right blend of quirkiness and originality.” —CM Magazine