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One Boy by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
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This book was the very definition of O.K. The story was meh, the illustrations were even more meh. However, the book did have two things going for it. The first was that it was a counting book. Throughout the pages, things happen from 1-10, so an adult could read the book and have his or her kids count, afterward. The second is the book (mostly gracefully) implements cutouts, like the white spot shown above on the cover. For example, on the left hand side of a page, the words "two seals" might appear. Then on the right hand side, there would be a blank page with a cutout, which would show the reader seals on the next page. Then on the next page, the words "at the" would be present, along with the cutout. With the cutout the word seals bleeds through, but changes to "sea." And then there is a full picture of the seal on the right hand. Clever concept. Doesn't always totally work with the word play-- "seven candles" becomes "and", really? This book, with its counting, etc. would only be really useful to very young children/readers, as older kids would find themselves extraordinarily bored. Ages 4-6.
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