From One to One Hundred
written and illustrated by Teri Sloat
Puffin, Scholastic, 1991
Available in paperback from Scholastic
(2nd Grade Math Packet) and from Puffin
Sesame Street Magazine: Reviewer's Choice
Scholastic Book Club
Young Hoosier Award List
American Association for the Advancement of Science: Best
Children's Science Book List 1991
Scholastic 2nd Grade Math Packet
SF Chronicle Reviewer's Choice
Publisher's Weekly: This inventive counting
book is jam-packed with information, as each page cleverly incorporates
a numeral into a distinctive, energetic scene. A simple, primarily
pictorial legend beneath each illustration identifies the numeral
and designates objects
that can be counted in the picture.
Sloat's ingenious, whimsical drawings depict an amazing variety
of locales, from barnyard to desert to museum
pore over the fine details, enjoying the sly humor and relishing
the challenge of counting 70 bumblebees or 90 gold nuggets. All
About the Book
This book was made to be a companion to From Letter
to Letter. My editor said I needed to have fun, and I started
thinking of scenes that were little stories on their own for each
number. If you look at each numeral, you will see that something
is about to happen that the character is not aware of. For example,
did you know that the boy in the tree on the number 3 page is about
to have his tree house chopped down by beavers and that the possums
are reading his books while he's asleep?
When the first ten characters go into the dressing
room and change their clothes, they are getting ready to be in the
following scenes. The princess from number 1 becomes the girl in
the show in number 10; the boy in the zoo in number 2 puts on a
safari suit and appears on the raft in number 20.
My daughter, Carrie, now a graphic designer, helped
me put down the first layers of color on many of the pictures.
My daughter, Becky, was 5 when I was making this book,
and the 100 children on the cover are Becky (center, bottom row)
and her 84 kindergarten schoolmates, 10 characters from the book,
and 5 more that are made up!
Planning this book was like a game. I had fun
deciding how to design the numerals, grouping objects together to
count, and deciding how many things to fit into the scene. It was
the hardest book I have done, but it was also the most fun!