by Kathryn Otoshi

Zero is a big round number. When she looks at herself, she just sees a hole right in her center. Every day she watches the other numbers line up to count: "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 . . . !" "Those numbers have value. That's why they count," she thinks. But how could a number worth nothing become something? Zero feels empty inside. She watches One having fun with the other numbers. One has bold strokes and squared corners. Zero is big and round with no corners at all. "If I were like One, then I can count too," she thinks. So she pushes and pulls, stretches and straightens, forces and flattens herself, but in the end she realizes that she can only be Zero. As budding young readers learn about numbers and counting, they are also introduced to accepting different body types, developing social skills and character, and learning what it means to find value in yourself and in others. 

Zero

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  • About The Author Children's book author and illustrator Kathryn Otoshi’s book One was the winner of 15 awards, including the E. B. White Read Aloud Honor Book and the Teacher's Choice Award. She lives in Marin County, CA. ISBN-13: 9780972394635 Publisher: KO Kids Books Publication date: 9/15/2010 Pages: 32 Age range: 4 - 8 Years - Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Counting & Numbers - Self-acceptance -Counting - Courage -Social skills