One, Two, Three by Tom Slaughter

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Created in deceptively simple paper cuts, this is a counting book with a difference: each image is not only an introduction to numerals but also to the shapes and colors of modern art. Small children, and those with an interest in modern art, will find much to enjoy in this gorgeous picture book.

Tom Slaughter’s vibrant prints are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum. This, his first children’s book, was inspired by the paper cuts of Matisse, Dick Bruna, the art of his late brother-in-law – the renowned fabric artist, Tim Jocelyn – as well as the work of his wife, Marthe Jocelyn, creator of Hannah and the Seven Dresses and Hannah’s Collections.
 

About Tom Slaughter

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Tom Slaughters dazzling "collage+" art often has the quality of seeming to levitate off the pages. What could be better for a book portraying things that float? Throughout his career, and in recent contributions to Blue Apple Books' Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?, Mr. Slaughter continues to garner recognition, acclaim, and enchanted readers. The author lives in New York, New York.
 
Published October 21, 2003 by Tundra Books. 24 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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For children at the very dawn of numeracy, Slaughter’s paper collages offers one-to-ten counting (and modern art) practice on a set of commonplace, easily recognizable items—an apple, eyeglasses, buttons, beach balls, and the like—all rendered with utmost simplicity in bright primary colors.

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The paper-over-board One Some Many by Marthe Jocelyn, with a similar design to artist Tom Slaughter's 1 2 3, offers new insight into numerical concepts: ""A few is more than two./ A few is three./ Or four./ Or more."" Slaughter's vivid modern art paper collages illustrate a variety of objects inc...

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A first counting book that also celebrates modern art, the paper-over-board 1 2 3 by Tom Slaughter features cut-paper images of one bright red apple, two silhouettes of sunglasses on up through 10 apple trees.

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