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It's easy to count three of something-- just add them up. But how do you count zero, a number that is best defined by what it's not?

Can you see it?

Can you hear it?

Can you*feel* it?

This important math concept is beautifully explored in a way that will inspire children to find zero everywhere--from the branches of a tree by day to the vast, starry sky by night.

Can you see it?

Can you hear it?

Can you

This important math concept is beautifully explored in a way that will inspire children to find zero everywhere--from the branches of a tree by day to the vast, starry sky by night.

Hardcover, 32 pages

Published
September 8th 2009
by Tricycle Press
(first published August 11th 2009)

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Sep 10, 2010
Lisa Vegan
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fun way of teaching the concept of the number zero

This is a fabulous and fun way of teaching about the concept of zero, the number zero.

There are short descriptions on every page for “Zero is…” with various things that apply to children’s everyday lives and things in nature with which children are familiar. Children see zero = nothing, none, absent.

The paintings are wonderful, especially those that include the natural world and a cute one at a swimming pool with various children.

The tone ranges from awestruck to funny to just a bit melancholy t ...more

There are short descriptions on every page for “Zero is…” with various things that apply to children’s everyday lives and things in nature with which children are familiar. Children see zero = nothing, none, absent.

The paintings are wonderful, especially those that include the natural world and a cute one at a swimming pool with various children.

The tone ranges from awestruck to funny to just a bit melancholy t ...more

Dec 11, 2011
Gabrielle Goodstein
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Where is the math: A charming book that explores the concept of zero by artfully describing scenes notable for what is not there. “Zero is…the ripples in the pool before the first swimmer jumps in. 0 ripples.” Ages 5 and up.

Genre: picture book

Theme/Keywords: Number sense, concept of zero

Features of print: The book features charming illustrations and examples that border on being poetic.

Language considerations: English text.

Cultural considerations: Multi-cultural characters depicted.

Open Ended ...more

Genre: picture book

Theme/Keywords: Number sense, concept of zero

Features of print: The book features charming illustrations and examples that border on being poetic.

Language considerations: English text.

Cultural considerations: Multi-cultural characters depicted.

Open Ended ...more

Examples are very familiar ones, encouraging more attention to surroundings and other number values in our environment; patterns.

A little from the book:

“Zero is…

the balls in the bin at recess time.”

Reactions from children:

Two unexpected problems with the book: We live in the southern part of the United States and many of the metaphors involved concepts our children never experience (the sound of snowfall, for example). The younger children lik ...more

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Betsy Franco has published more than eighty books, including three previous anthologies. She lives in Palo Alto, California.

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