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City Numbers

by Joanne Schwartz
illustrated by Matt Beam

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counting & numbers
list price: $18.95
edition:Hardcover
published: 2011
ISBN:9781554980819
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
0 to 100
Grade:
p to 17
Reading age:
0
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Description

Joanne Schwartz and Matt Beam have discovered numbers in many different forms all over the city. They are on houses and apartment buildings, on store windows and doors, on trucks and garbage bins, on sidewalks and parking spots. They are printed, spray-painted, molded in plastic, chiseled in stone, even torched into metal.

We see these numbers, often unconsciously, every day, but the wonderful photographs in this book prompt us to look at them more closely, becoming aware and alive to the art, serendipity and variety that surround us. This is a beautifully conceived book for anyone who enjoys engaging visually with the city.

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Contributor notes

JOANNE SCHWARTZ was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Her first picture book, Our Corner Grocery Store, illustrated by Laura Beingessner, was nominated for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She is also the author of Pinny in Summer, illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant, and Town Is by the Sea, illustrated by Sydney Smith, which was a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book. Joanne has been a children’s librarian for more than twenty-five years. She lives in Toronto.

MATT BEAM is a writer, photographer and teacher. His young adult novels include Can You Spell Revolution?, Earth to Nathan Blue and Last December. He created two photographic picture books, City Alphabet and City Numbers, with words by Joanne Schwartz. He lives in Toronto.

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Editorial Reviews

"Highly recommended."

— CM Magazine

...intriguing...

— Globe and Mail

for young readers who can appreciate the pleasure of seeing an old city with new eyes

— Booklist

...an impeccably designed yet playful twist on the traditional counting book...

— Publishers Weekly

This is a sophisticated book...

— Quill & Quire
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About the Authors

Joanne Schwartz

Joanne Schwartz's first picture book Our Corner Grocery Store was a Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award Finalist. Joanne had the honour to collaborate with Inuit Elder Qaunaq Mikkigak on two picture book versions of traditional Inuit tales, The Legend of the Fog and Grandmother Ptarmigan. Her recent picture book Town is by the Sea, illustrated by Sydney Smith, was a Governor General’s Literary Award nominee and won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. Joanne has been a children’s librarian for more than thirty years. She lives in Toronto.
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Matt Beam

MATT BEAM is a writer, photographer and teacher. His young adult novels include Can You Spell Revolution?, Earth to Nathan Blue and Last December. He created two photographic picture books, City Alphabet and City Numbers, with words by Joanne Schwartz. He lives in Toronto.

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