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Zero

by Kathryn Otoshi

Zero is a big round number. When she looks at herself, she just sees a hole right in her center. Every day she watches the other numbers line up to count: "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 . . . !" "Those numbers have value. That's why they count," she thinks. But how...

Zero is a big round number. When she looks at herself, she just sees a hole right in her center. Every day she watches the other numbers line up to count: "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 . . . !" "Those numbers have value. That's why they count," she thinks. But how could a number worth nothing become something? Zero feels empty inside. She watches One having fun with the other numbers. One has bold strokes and squared corners. Zero is big and round with no corners at all. "If I were like One, then I can count too," she thinks. So she pushes and pulls, stretches and straightens, forces and flattens herself, but in the end she realizes that she can only be Zero. As budding young readers learn about numbers and counting, they are also introduced to accepting different body types, developing social skills and character, and learning what it means to find value in yourself and in others.

Suggested by Mrs. Lanzi (grade 1 classroom teacher)

Hardcover - 32 pages - $17.95
ISBN: 097239463X (ISBN13: 9780972394635)
Published Sep 15, 2010 by KO Kids Books
First published 2010

requested by

Mrs. McGaffigan (Grade 4)

at S Christa McAuliffe Elementary School, Lowell, MA

Here since Feb 26, 2013

Books received - 2

My name is Kerrie McGaffigan and I have been teaching in Lowell for 13 years. I currently teach fourth grade and enjoy every minute spent in my classroom. Watching students work at full potential, cooperatively problem solve, and develop a love for literacy is a truly rewarding experience for me.

the class

My current grade 4 classroom has 17 hardworking students. Each and every student plays an active role in our learning community. My students love Interactive...

My current grade 4 classroom has 17 hardworking students. Each and every student plays an active role in our learning community. My students love Interactive Read Aloud.

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