The History of Counting by Denise Schmandt-Besserat

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Drawing on years of research, a renowned archaeologist traces the evolution of counting. She shows how the concept of numbers came about, how various societies answered the question "How many?," and how our modern-day decimal system was developed. Engrossing and enlightening, this fascinating book introduces children to one of our most important inventions.

00-01 Utah Book Award (Informational Books)

Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies 2000, National Council for SS & Child. Book Council


About Denise Schmandt-Besserat

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Michael Hays is the illustrator of several books for children, including Abiyoyo by Pete Seeger and Hello, Tree! by Joanne Ryder. He lives in Oak Park, IL.
Published January 1, 1999 by Scholastic Inc.. 45 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Science & Math, Computers & Technology.

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The number 1 is called ‘left little finger,’ 11 is ‘left neck,’ 16 is ‘right ear,’ etc.” The Veddas of Sri Lanka “count without numbers,” collecting pebbles to indicate “how many.” She also painstakingly charts the long evolution of counting through abstract counting, the use of ten digits, and t...

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