One Boy

One Boy
by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, 2008

The book opens with one boy, and the reader turns the page and discovers the boy is “alone”, using the word, one, and a window to create the word alone.  We run through several scenes, of seals, apes, monkeys, and mice where letters from the first page are used for the next page. Each scene is done in generous swatches of bold colors.  We arrive at the final page showing the “one boy”—an artist!  A lovely, surprise ending.  Although numbers are not used, this can multitask as a counting book, when the reader is ready.

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