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Today, September 1, a book is born. Welcome into the world of What in the World? Numbers in Nature.

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The celebration started last week, when the New York Times Book Review included this title in a back-to-school roundup of picture books dealing with numbers.

The celebration continues with local signings–First Friday at the Brunswick Public Library, 6-8 p.m. on September 4 and at G.J. Ford Bookshop on St. Simons Island, 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, September 12.

Want to join the celebration? On the Simon & Schuster What in the World? page, you can order a copy from the publisher or your favorite online bookseller. You can also become a “fan”–and get your choice of other e-books published by S&S–free.  And check out my guest post for writers on “Fiction University“–new today.

Cheers!

what-in-the-world-9781481400602.in05So happy that Kirkus Reviews–known for its pickiness–gave What in the World? Numbers in Nature a thumbs up! Here’s what the reviewer said:

This more-than-a-counting-book introduces things recognizable in numbered sets.

The compact, rhyming narrative rhetorically asks readers to think about numbers in the world, beginning and ending with eyes on the sky: “What in the world comes one by one? / A nose. A mouth. The moon. / The sun.” Young listeners who comprehend the world through the ways it can be measured will find this gripping and consoling….The counting goes up through 10, looking at birds, insects, sea creatures, and deer in the seaside forest. “Three” invites discussion about the parts of bees—their bodies comprise head, thorax, and abdomen, but they also have wings and antennae. The word—sets—that has been implied all along appears near the end: “And what comes in sets too big to count?” Here…a starry sky bears the faint outlines of each numbered thing that has come before….Textured, visually rich, and gracefully simple, this is a fine blend of informative poetry and illustration.

And School Library Journal had good things to say as well: Day’s simple rhyming text encourages children to count natural phenomena. From one moon and sun to stars in “sets too big to count,” her examples give viewers opportunities to hone their skills. The large format encourages group participation. For the most part, the items to be counted are easily identified. Five arms on five sea stars and eight undulating octopus limbs are exceptionally clear….Cyrus’s thoughtfully composed illustrations will reward repeated viewings, because featured objects recur in several places. For example, the three bees hovering in the lower corner of the spread featuring two bluebirds appear prominently when the page is turned. Sharp-eyed viewers will be rewarded by such discoveries, including the appearance of many plants and animals traced in the night sky among the stars. —Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University Library

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It’s official–my newest book, What in the World? Numbers in Nature, will be out in the world September 1. Click on its glorious cover to see its announcement on the website of Simon & Schuster, parent company of publisher Beach Lane Books. If you sign up for updates, you can even get a free e-book from S&S.

I’m also excited to announce that I’ll be a featured author and presenter at the Savannah Children’s Book Festival November 13-14. More to come!

 

Tadpole Rex book coverIt’s official–Kurt Cyrus will be the illustrator of my picture book, What in the World? Sets in Nature, coming from Beach Lane Books in Fall 2015!  He will use the same distinctive style he mastered in Tadpole Rex–a terrific read-aloud he wrote AND illustrated about a tadpole who finds his inner tyrannosaur.  ROARRRR!