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One lighthouse, one moon
Lobel, Anita.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
[New York?] : Greenwillow Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
40 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Presents the days of the week, the months of the year, and numbers from one to ten through the activities of a cat and people in and around a lighthouse.
Reading Level:
AD 190 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.7 0.5 41435.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 1 Quiz: 22099 Guided reading level: NR.

Format :


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Material Type
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction A-B-C- 1-2-3 Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Here, in one book, are the days of the week, the months of the year, the four seasons, the basic colors, and an exciting counting adventure -- all conceived, staged, and presented by the incomparable Anita Lobel. You can savor each of the three stories separately or think of them as three acts in one play. However you do it, a standing ovation is guaranteed!

10 Best Illustrated Books of 2000 (NY Times Book Review)

01 Riverbank Review Magazine's Children's Books of Distinction Award Nominations

Author Notes

Anita Lobel (née Kempler) was born on June 2, 1934. She is a Polish-American illustrator of children's books, including A New Coat for Anna, This Quiet Lady, Alison's Zinnia, and On Market Street, which won a Caldecott Honor for illustrations. One Lighthouse, One Moon, one of two books she created about her cat, Nini, is a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. Her childhood memoir, No Pretty Pictures, was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Lobel was born in Krakow, Poland. She was forced to hide in a convent during WWII, but was captured by the Nazis. She and her brother were forced to go into a concentration camp in Germany; they were rescued in 1945 by the Swedish Red Cross. They were lucky to be reunited with their parents in 1947. In 1952, her family moved to New York, and she then attended Pratt Institute for Art. Lobel graduated with a B. F. A. in Fine Arts. Lobel met her husband, Arnold, at Pratt while acting in a play.

Anita's major works include: Alison's Zinnias, Sven's Bridge, On Market Street, and One Lighthouse, One Moon. She has been nominated for numerous awards including selections for the Best Illustrated Book from New York Times Book Reviews (Sven's Bridge, On Market Street and One Lighthouse, One Moon). On Market Street also received a Caldecott Honor Book Award, a Boston Globe/Horn Book Award (illustration), and is an American Book Award finalist.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-7. A lighthouse, wonderful shoes, and a ubiquitous striped cat are among the lovely, interrelated images that make up this three-part introduction to days, seasons, colors, counting, and other basics. The first section pictures a little girl's feet as they journey through a week, with a different colored shoe marking each day's activity--red cowboy boots on Tuesday, green gardening clogs on Friday. The second section shows Nini the cat in postcard-size images that reflect those from the 12 months of the year. The title section presents the numbers 1 through 10 in serene images of shoreline activity, ending with a powerful, luminous spread of "one hundred stars and one moon" reflected in a deep-indigo sea. The simple phrases are lyrical in places, and Lobel's beautiful paintings, with their rich patterns and textures, luxurious detail, and sophisticated palette, will inspire children to linger over the pages and connect new words with images. Suitable for read-alouds; ideal for lap sharing. --Gillian Engberg

Publisher's Weekly Review

"Lobel covers the days of the week, the months of the year and a nautical count from one to 10 in this eclectic quirky triptych of a picture book, and segues seamlessly from one theme to the next," wrote PW. Ages 4-up. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Lobel's beautiful watercolor-and-gouache paintings are the heart of this concept book, which is divided into three "chapters." The first section shows a different pair of shoes in a different color for each day of the week. The middle section introduces the months of the year via the activities and antics of a cat named Nini. The final section is a seaside counting exercise from "ONE lighthouse" to "TEN trees bent in the wind. And ONE HUNDRED stars and ONE moon lit up the sky." Although there is no story line per se, the book combines text and illustration quite successfully and really works. There is humor and repetition throughout, and Nini appears on each double-page spread even when she is not the focus of attention. The artwork provides the essential information and adds richness and texture through the use of bold colors and detailed brushwork. This is a fresh approach to the concepts covered, and has great visual appeal.-JoAnn Jonas, Carlsbad City Library, San Diego, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.