Bibliographic Information: Otoshi, K. (2010). Zero. San Rafael, CA: Ko Kids Books.

Brief Annotation: Zero felt like a number without value, but after looking at herself with as open rather than empty she realized that she too counted.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: K-1

Readers who will like this: Children learning to recognize and write numbers; children learning to count by ones and tens; children who compare themselves to others

Rating/Response: 4 Teaching the meaning of “value” through both numbers and self-esteem this book covers two very important topics for beginning students. By focusing on the characteristics of numbers, Otoshi makes learning memorable by incorporating a surprisingly heart-felt message on finding value in oneself.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: How do numbers tell us what something is worth? List three examples of numbers showing value.

Reading Strategy: Math

Rationale for Strategy: This book can be used as a great introduction on teaching the value of single digit’s or learning to count by tens.

Posted by: Sammi Keller


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