Cover image for Arlene Alda's 1 2 3.
Arlene Alda's 1 2 3.
Alda, Arlene, 1933-
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
1 2 3
Publication Information:
Berkeley, Calif. : Tricycle Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
A collection of photographs of things in our environment that resemble the numbers one through ten.
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Format :


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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction A-B-C- 1-2-3 Books

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Designed as a learning tool for children aged three and above, this text uses photographs of nature and everyday objects to find numerals in the most suprising of places, and teach one to ten and back again

Author Notes

Arlene Alda is an American writer and photographer. She was born in the Bronx, New York, on March 12, 1933. She attended Hunter College, majoring in music, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Cum Laude, in 1954. She then received a Fulbright Scholarship to study clarinet in Cologne, Germany.

After achieving her dream of becoming a professional clarinetist, Alda switched careers and became an award winning photographer and author. She has written numerous books for children, including: Except the Color Grey, Lulu's Piano Lesson, Hello, Good-bye, Iris has a Virus and Here a Face, There a Face. She also has several titles aimed at adults, most notably; Just Kids from the Bronx, 97 Orchard Street, The Last Days of MASH and On Set- A personal Story in Pictures and Words.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. As with many "arty" alphabet and number books, this works best as an imagination enhancer for kids who already know how to recognize letters and to count. Alda and her camera capture the shapes of numbers in unusual places. Some are readily recognizable: a 3 in the curl of a banana peel, a 6 in the curl of a lock of hair. Other examples will require a second and third look. For instance, some children won't see the 7 made of stone in a Japanese garden until it is pointed out to them. The pictures count forward and then backward, probably to make the book long enough to be, well, a book. The photos themselves are exceptionally clear and crisp and look good against the pure white pages. The numerals 1 through 10 border the pages, with the number featured on each page being highlighted in bold color. Kids and/or adults who like Alda's alphabet book (or the work of Tana Hoban) will enjoy paging through this as well. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

"The shapes of numbers are hidden in this companion to Arlene Alda's ABC, and the second half counts down, with images that find formal beauty in ordinary things," noted PW. Ages 3-up. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-The numerals 1 through 10 and back again are portrayed with great imagination in fine, full-color photographs. The examples reflect the shapes of the numbers themselves: four is formed by the crossed legs of a flamingo, eight is two bagels frosted with cream cheese lying on a plate, nine is a whorled conch shell, three is a curled banana peel, and one is a contrail of smoke bisecting a blue sky. All of the photos will spark a child's creative ability to discern numerical shapes in nontraditional forms. The pictures are of various shapes and sizes, but all are large and clear. The numerals 1 to 10 are shown on each page, with the number represented in the picture printed large and in a contrasting color. An author's note identifies each image. A unique, challenging concept book.-Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.