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More, fewer, less
Hoban, Tana.
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Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
Photographs illustrate groupings of objects in larger and smaller numbers.

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Central Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-A-B-C 1-2-3 Books
Clarence Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction A-B-C- 1-2-3 Books
Eggertsville-Snyder Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Lancaster Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction A-B-C- 1-2-3 Books
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Tana Hoban knows what fires the eyes and minds of her young admirers the world over. And with every click of her camera, she zooms in on a new discovery--like this treasure trove, a full-color lesson on quantities. Look at the stacks of brightly colored teacups, the racks of shiny new shoes, the bin full of mouth-watering candies. Where are there more? Or fewer? Or where is there less? The questions and answers depend on what (and how) you see. Like the distinctive photographs, it's all a matter of vision.

Author Notes

Tana Hoban was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has also lived in Holland and England. Hoban graduated from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia in 1938, and painted in Europe as a recipient of the John Frederick Lewis Fellowship. When she returned to Philadelphia, she worked as a free-lance advertising artist and magazine illustrator. By 1950 her work was included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and in 1953 she was the only woman mentioned in a Time magazine portfolio on "Half a Century of U.S. Photography." In 1959 she was named one of the Top Ten Women Photographers by the Professional Photographers of America.

Hoban worked as an instructor in photography at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania from 1966 to 1968. In 1967 she produced and filmed Catsup, an award-winning film which was shown at the Venice Film Festival. By 1955, she had written a book on photographing children, and in 1970 she combined her skills as a photographer with her interest in children to produce her first juvenile picture book, Shapes and Things. In 1973, Hoban served as project photographer for Beginning Concepts, a series of sound filmstrips produced by Scholastic Magazines, Inc. From 1974 to 1976 she taught photography at New York University.

As of 1990, five of her books had been listed as ALA Notables. She has received awards for her entire body of work three separate times. In 1991, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from her alma mater, the Moore College of Art. Her works are included in the Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, among other collections in both the United States and France.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. Hoban adds another impressive book to her long string of picture books that encourage children to look closely at the world around them. This time she focuses on groups and comparing quantities within them. For instance, one photo shows racks of shoes. Children can readily see that there are more blue shoes than red ones and fewer orange ones than either red or blue, but they can also see other shoes in the background, which can lead them to additional ways of regrouping. Although each picture holds possibilities for creativity, there is almost always one clear answer. Of course, the quality of the photos is excellent, and since Hoban now lives in Paris, the pictures show objects and places with a distinctly different look, providing even more potential for discussion. --Susan Dove Lempke

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Once again Hoban uses her remarkable eye to evoke the meaning of comparative words with her camera. Everyday objects and familiar animals are depicted-spoons, scissors, fruits, vegetables, flowers, and chickens. Although there is no text, the brilliant arrangement of the images suggests many questions with several possible answers. Beyond looking at what there is less and more of, questions of color, size, shape, texture, and distance also present themselves. The rich, full-color, full-page photographs are sharp and immediate. Each one appears within a bright, blue frame, adding to its appeal. A thought-provoking visual experience.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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