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Anno's Counting House

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  57 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
One by one, ten children move from their old house into their new house with all their possessions.Die-cut windows reveal the interiors of the houses and the book can also be read from back to front. The first ten numbers and the principles of addition and substraction are introduced not by rote but as part of a pleasant experience. All children are natural mathematicians, ...more
Hardcover, 49 pages
Published October 8th 1982 by Philomel (first published 1981)
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Asa Jacobs
Nov 09, 2014 Asa Jacobs rated it liked it
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Anno's Counting House is great book for helping students count, make assumptions, and observations. The beginning of the book contains instructions for parents or teachers to help them understand how this book can be utilized to help students learn to count many different things from this book. I have never encountered a picture book with a users guide before, but feel many students can benefit from this book. This book is difficult to describe but students can perform many different activities ...more
Mae
Oct 28, 2012 Mae rated it really liked it
Summary: This wordless picture book focuses on children who move from one house to another. The "story" is told through the use of cut-aways and cut-outs. The "game" is played by counting the characters and items in the houses as the children move.

Critique: This book achieves the goal of teaching the concept of counting rather than focusing on the traditional arabic numbers. For example, in the first house, there are 3 barrels and 2 jars in the basement. Then there are two barrels and no jars.
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Laura
Apr 08, 2012 Laura added it
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Anno, Mitsumasa. Anno's Counting House. (1982)

Annotation:This is a wordless picture book, but the is a suggested activity in the book before the story starts. One by one the boys and girls who live in the house on the left move to the house on the right. At the end all 10 of the boys and girls have moved to the house on the left.

Themes:counting, moving, boys and girls

Ways to use with children: You can use this book to talk about numbers or predict who will move next. There are suggested activiti
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Larysa
Anno's Counting House is a concept picture book focusing on teaching children how to count, add, and subtract. The only words in the book are in the beginning when the author explains how to use the pictures to play a game and practice counting. I think the book had an interesting idea, but I was not impressed with the pictures. They were very old fashioned and did not have a great deal of color.
Victoria Clay
I think this book is great for use in practicing addition and subtraction skills. It is very interactive for the children. My only criticism is that I found the instructions a little difficult to understand. However, if the instructions were clearly modeled and explained, then this could be a great activity for students.
mlb
This is an international author and was mentioned in our textbook. I felt I had too many questions about the children and who they are/who they represent. The appear to be in costume. Their cultural background is ambiguous. I enjoyed the math theme of the book and the way it encourages children to read it multiple times to look for patterns in the way the characters move from house to house.
Deborah
Jul 25, 2014 Deborah rated it liked it
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This one is really about the deep understanding of math, and how to teach it to the youngsters. I had to read it twice, I'm going to keep it from the library for a while till I can figure out how to teach it to my kiddo's.
Devin
It was very elementary; may be used to teach kids the basics of subtraction or to help with cognitive developmental understanding that just becasue you can't see something, it doesn't mean that it ceases to exist. Use in p-1st grade.
Donna
Apr 15, 2014 Donna rated it really liked it
Wordless books draws readers in with the comings and goings of the children pictured moving between houses with cutaway windows. Activities are suggested in the book.
Rachel
Apr 15, 2009 Rachel rated it it was ok
This book is also wordless. It has holes in the houses for some of the windows, so it is like an engineered book too. The cut-outs would be fun for kids.
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Nov 19, 2014 Beth Schencker rated it really liked it
A wordless book by author/illustrator Anno Mitsumasa, who won the Hans Christian Anderson Award for Illustration in 1985.
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Mitsumasa Anno (born March 20, 1926) is a Japanese illustrator and writer of children's books, known best for picture books with few or no words. He received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1984 for his "lasting contribution to children's literature".

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