Hello Numbers! What Can You Do?

Hello Numbers! What Can You Do?

An Adventure Beyond Counting

Edmund Harriss, Houston Hughes


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Learning meets wonder when you invite numbers to come play in your imagination!
First think of One peeking out from the night
Like a point, or a dot, or a shimmering light.
But when One finds a friend to run from or run to,
Then we can’t call both “One”—that new One must be Two!
And should you want something to go in between,
You’ll need a new number, a number like Three.
Four makes a square when it’s standing around,
But what would you see if it flies off the ground?
And then when another new One comes to mind,
Yell out its name if you know it . . . it’s Five!
Do you like the way that these numbers are sounding?
Then join our adventure to count beyond counting!

Hello Numbers! What Can You Do? is not like any other counting book. As each “new One” appears on the scene, the numbers’ antics hint at ever-deeper math. Young readers ages 3 to 6 will not only count along, but begin to wonder about symmetry, angles, shapes, and more.

Written by the mathematician-and-poet team Edmund Harriss and Houston Hughes, and illustrated by longstanding New York Times artist Brian Rea, this rollicking, rhyming book will take you to a whole new world of numbers.


Edmund Harriss:
Edmund Harriss is a mathematician, artist, and assistant professor at the University of Arkansas. He is the discoverer of the Harriss spiral and the creator of the construction toy Curvahedra. He is the coauthor of Hello Numbers, What Can You Do? and the coauthor and illustrator of two mathematical coloring books: Patterns of the Universe and Visions of the Universe. He lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Houston Hughes specializes in combining written and spoken word with other art forms, and he has produced hundreds of live shows in collaboration with musicians, chefs, scientists, mathematicians, painters, dancers, and vaudeville acts. He is working every day to be a better person, and he’s doing it all in Fayetteville, Arkansas.