Octopuses Have Zero Bones: A Counting Book about Our Amazing World (Math for Curious Kids, Illustrated Science for Kids)


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Tra Publishing
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9.5 X 12.1 X 0.5 inches | 1.56 pounds

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About the Author

Anne Richardson is an author of experiences that kindle your curiosity. In her work, everything in the world is astonishing and worthy of our attention, from a drop of rain to the way we figure things out together. She is the senior director of Global Collaborations at the Exploratorium, San Francisco, where she works with partners worldwide to imagine and create new science centers and other extraordinary learning experiences. Richardson holds a PhD and an MS in environmental studies from Antioch University New England, and a BA in art history from Northwestern University. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family, including two little explorers.

Andrea Antinori is an award-winning illustrator based in Bologna, Italy. Since he was a child, he has loved animals and he has loved to draw them. His favorite animal changes all the time. He likes octopuses very much, but right now, lemurs are the creatures he loves most. He wrote and illustrated the book On the Lives of Lemurs: A Short Treatise on Natural History. Other books he has illustrated include A Book about Whales and The Great Battle, the latter of which has received major international awards including:

Best International Illustrated Book -- China Shanghai International Children's Book Fair, Premio Andersen -- Best book 6-9 years olds, Selected illustrator for exhibition of Bologna Children's Book Fair 2017, Italian illustrator in IBBY Honor List 2016


Octopuses Have Zero Bones deftly achieves two different goals. Its beautifully illustrated pages both describe our system of numerals and apply them to the universe around us, far and near. The young reader simultaneously acquires a sense of the scale of things and a language to describe it. Kids will be wowed by the pictures and linger over the examples--and maybe even measure a few new items for themselves. This is a multi-dimensional triumph.--Larry Gonick, Overeducated Cartoonist & Author of Cartoon Guide Series
An instant classic--a fun, fascinating must-read for any child or kid at heart. This book will engage, delight, and enlighten learners of all ages and spark a lifetime of curiosity.--Lindsay Bierman, Executive Director & CEO, Exploratorium
A great educator who is always thinking about the power of a great question, Dr. Richardson assembles a wide-ranging look at multiple ways to think about the numbers that underly the world around us. Equal parts whimsical and thought-provoking, a must-read for parents of curious kids and future scientists in the making.--Sam Dean, Founding Executive Director, Scott Family Amazeum
Anne Richardson so wonderfully captures the joy of exploration that is foundational to all scientific discovery. As humanity sets our sights on the Moon, Mars, and beyond, and as we increasingly look to science to help us tackle challenges such as climate change here on Earth, what could be more important than encouraging our kids' natural curiosity and inspiring the next generation of scientists and confident, creative thinkers.--Adam Tobin, CEO, Chabot Space & Science Center
This delightful book on numerals shows how just the simple act of counting opens up an amazing opportunity for inquiry about the world around us.--Rob Semper, PhD, Chief Science Officer, Exploratirium
A fascinating romp through tens (hundreds? thousands?) of topics that interest children, accompanied by a solid sense of how numbers relate to each other, to children, and to the world.--Jen Lumanlan M.S., M.Ed., Founder. Your Parenting Mojo
Engaging and thoughtfully written, a truly enjoyable journey through numbers for that curious scientist in all of us.--Lindsay Newman, Structural Engineer, Double-D Engineering
What an exciting and fascinating read! From its creative approach to exploring numbers and measurement to the beautiful artwork, this book inspires an imaginative view of the world around us from the very big to the minute. A real joy to read and learn.--Ben Kramer, Global Lead of Artist & Label Development, YouTube
I love this book! What a great banquet of numbers and nature, so joyfully illustrated. Times, size scales, numbers of hearts, toes, spots on a ladybug, and so much more... all come to life on pages overflowing with personality. I can imagine a parent and a child reading this again and again, both getting more from it each time. A clever structure introduces the counting numbers from 1 to 10 while also bringing in the powers of ten from 10s to Billions. There is simple information like the number of legs of a water bear and more complex concepts like the PH and decibel scale, all illustrated in such an endearing way that a fact-filled book becomes whimsically engaging.--Tom Rockwell, Senior Creative Director, Exploratorium