123 Si!Spring 2012 Picture Books
We've seen many books like this: Board books that introduce numbers; board books that introduce English and Spanish words; and books for young page turners that try and link works of art to tackle numbers and language.
This book is different. A partnership between the San Antonio Museum of Art, the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, and Trinity University Press, this little gem of a board book invites little hands to touch, seek, and find. Each page (numbers one through ten) presents the numeral, the word for each number in English and Spanish, related works of art (masks, paintings of faces, puppets) and one question to prompt discussion. The book ends with a detail from Hunt Slonem's Toucans and asks readers first in Spanish and then in English, "So many toucans, we can't count them all! Can you?"
All works of art, from Ancient Egypt and 9th century B.C. Mexico to a 1986 Faith Ringgold memory quilt, were selected from the significant collections of the San Antonio Museum of Art. The glossary provides citation details for each piece. But unlike the rich contents, the glossary text is in English only.