Nine Animals and the Well by James Rumford

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Who hasn’t gone to a birthday party and had “present envy”? Who hasn’t felt the pride of thinking of just the right gift, only to find out that someone else has thought of a better one? Who hasn’t had to learn the hard way that the greatest gift of all is friendship? This is the lesson the nine animals are about to learn as they make their way to the palace to celebrate the raja-king’s birthday. Why nine animals? And why the well? Because James Rumford’s original fable is also a counting book, where we learn that our ten Arabic numerals came not from Arabia, as one might think, but from India.
With its pictures of paper collage reminiscent of the glorious designs on the walls of the Taj Mahal, Nine Animals and the Well will teach, amuse, and delight.

About James Rumford

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Master storyteller James Rumford combines his love for art and history in his picture books. Each of his books is vastly different in its content, design, and illustrations but one aspect remains constant throughout his work: his passion about his subjects. Rumford, a resident of Hawaii, has studied more than a dozen languages and worked in the Peace Corps, where he traveled to Africa, Asia, and Afghanistan. He draws from these experiences and the history of his subject when he is working on a book. His book Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing was a 2005 Sibert Honor winner.
Published May 19, 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Selecting the perfect birthday gift can be a daunting task;

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Even with its finely crafted collage illustrations and intriguing facts about the origin of so-called Arabic numerals, Rumford's (There's a Monster in the Alphabet) counting book adds up to less than the sum of its parts.

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