One Is a Piñata: A Book of Numbers

A book cover with children and the words " one is a piñata ".

One Is a Piñata: A Book of Numbers (2019)
Author: Roseanne Thong, Illustrator: John Parra
Publisher: Chronicle Books, Age: 2 to 5

One is a rainbow. One is a cake. One is a piñata that's ready to break! In this lively picture book, a companion to the Pura Belpré–honored Green Is a Chile Pepper, children discover a fiesta of numbers in the world around them, all the way from one to ten: Two are maracas and cold ice creams, six are salsas and flavored aguas. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, and all are universal in appeal. With rich, boisterous illustrations, a fun-to-read rhyming text, and an informative glossary, this vibrant book enumerates the joys of counting and the wonders that abound in every child's day!

"An obvious choice for any picture book collection, this book teaches counting skills and new words while celebrating Hispanic and Latinx culture." —School Library Journal, starred review

"Parra's paintings are full of life, matching the text and enhancing the narrative. an easy language-learning tool." —Booklist

"From one to 10, this addition to a beautiful series brightly conveys the delight to be found in family, friends, and neighborhood gatherings." —Publishers Weekly

"Each friendly page beckons - to find stuff to count, or just to imagine lying on the beach under one of the five palapas." —The New York Times

"Starred Review", School Library Journal
"Recommended” by the 2019 Kansas NEA Reading Circle Commission
Best Educational Children's Picture Book (Finalist), Latino Literacy Now's Int'l Latino Book Awards
Bank Street Book Committee's Best Books of the Year
Original Art Show Selection, NY Society of Illustrators
Mathical Book Prize Honor Book in PReK, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and the Children’s Book Council

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