Is 2 a Lot: An Adventure with Numbers

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Tilbury House Publishers
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9.4 X 10.4 X 0.5 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Annie Watson is an Assistant Professor of Education at Northern Arizona University and prior to that was a high school English teacher for nine years. She is the author of Is 2 A Lot?, and when not teaching or writing enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband and two children.

Rebecca Evans is an author and illustrator who has worked on over two dozen children's books, including All Will Be Well. She also enjoys teaching art at her local Art Center, publishing artwork with magazines and multiple publishing houses, and sharing her love of literature and art with children. Rebecca lives in Maryland and enjoys spending time with her husband and their children, and working from her home studio.


...What is "a lot" to you, personally? The idea of turning that kind of discussion with a child into a book with a plot can be intimidating. Watson and Evans' solution seems to be to inject a little time travel into the proceedings. A boy and his mother are driving and he's peppering her with questions about numbers' worths. Eventually she comes up with concrete examples about why a number cannot be said to always be big or small. Stuff like, "TWO is not a lot of pennies, but TWO is a lot of smelly skunks." There's a practicality to the book that's refreshing.--Betsy Bird "FUSE #8 Production" (7/25/2019 12:00:00 AM)
Looking for a great intro the world of numbers and math? Is 2 A Lot, written by Annie Watson and illustrated by Rebecca Evans, aims to help kids understand numbers in the context of things they see every day. Head out on a road trip while a young kiddo asks his mom questions like, "Is one thousand a lot?" Mom's answer? "One thousand is not a lot of grains of sand, but it is a lot of hot air balloons!"--Amber Guetebier "Red Tricycle" (8/20/2019 12:00:00 AM)

A picture book that accurately depicts how children think about numbers and values in a fun and engaging way.

Readers will want to count the number of skunks, cowboys, and other imaginative creatures and objects Joey and his mother discuss throughout the book, and they will enjoy seeing various characters from the places they visit pile into the trunk of the station wagon.

Children who are learning the meaning of value and numbers will both learn from this book, with its whimsical examples of what "a lot" means, and find much to enjoy. (Picture book. 4-6)

-- "Kirkus Reviews" (3/27/2019 12:00:00 AM)