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One is Not A Pair by Katie Haworth & Britta Teckentrup

One Is Not A Pair is a great book for keeping a child occupied during a journey! The book invites you to peruse its beautifully illustrated double spreads to look for matching pairs before finding the one item on the page that doesn’t have a partner.

Each of the fourteen double page spreads focuses on a particular item and includes modes of transport and natural objects as well as toys and food. There are various differences in the illustrations and all but one of the items is one of a pair. But can you spot the odd sock? Which pair of cherries doesn’t match any of the others? Which cat doesn’t have a twin?

The rhyming text is easy to read and indicates what you should be looking for in each picture. We found it difficult to find the odd teddy bear (they are all brown!) and it took us a while to find the odd toadstool as there were so many spots to count! We’re huge fans of Brtta Teckentrup’s illustrations which are bold and colourful and I particularly like the pages with the trees and the bugs on the leaves, my daughter loves the teddy bears.

The final double spread provides the biggest challenge of all. It’s a very ‘busy’ spread with a mix of all the items that have been included in the book and as with the other pages you are invited to match the pairs and discover which item is the odd one out. It took us a while but we finally found it!

One Is Not A Pair is a great book to share and can even inspire competitiveness! Can you find the odd item before your reading partner? The book can also be used to help younger children practise numeracy skills including counting, talking about differences in size and the act of matching is important for both early numeracy and literacy. Many of the pictures can also be used to help colour recognition especially the coloured pencils, the collars on the cats and the wooden blocks. A fun classroom activity would be for a child to create a page for a class One Is Not A Pair book, it would be so interesting to see the range of objects the children would include.

Age Range: 3 +

Author: Katie Haworth / Illustrator: Britta Teckentrup

Britta has also illustrated Where’s the Pair? which is another book that invites you to match the pictures. Big Picture Press has produced a lovely set of spotting postcards based on the book. The pull out postcards include animals, birds, fish and insects and provide a great incentive for a child to write to a friend or relative. Hopefully a set based on One Is Not A Pair is also in production!

Where's the Pair? Spotting Postcards - Story Snug

Thank you to Big Picture Press for sending One Is Not A Pair and the Where’s The Pair spotting postcards. We had a lot of fun ‘spotting’!

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20 responses to “One is Not A Pair by Katie Haworth & Britta Teckentrup”

  1. Kate Fever avatar

    This book sounds right up my street – we love a bit of spotting! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

    1. Catherine avatar

      Spotting is good fun, especially when the illustrations are so beautiful 🙂

  2. Colette avatar

    Thanks for sharing your review with us on #TriedTested this week x

    1. Catherine avatar

      You’re welcome. I always enjoy reading the reviews on this linky 🙂

  3. Sarah MumofThree World avatar

    This sounds like a really good idea. It’s always good to have something to amuse the kids while travelling.

    1. Catherine avatar

      I always like to have something with me and the sturdy cover means that it doesn’t get squashed when you are travelling.

  4. Kate Eccles avatar

    Oh this looks such a good book. One for my list… 🙂 #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It is good and Britta has illustrated similar ones too.

  5. BookBairn avatar

    I found spotting the differences quite tricky – great to keep little ones busy! #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      Some of them are quite a challenge! It’s definitely a book you can go back to again and again!

  6. Yet Another Blogging Mummy!!! avatar

    Sounds a clever idea for a book. We have matching card games on similar principle #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It#s lovely idea, the postcards are beautiful too 🙂

  7. Acorn Books avatar

    We have this book too, the illustrations are gorgeous. Some lovely ideas for using it for teaching too, it really is very versatile.

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s gorgeous isn’t it. Do you have a favourite page?

  8. Single Mother Ahoy avatar

    This looks like great fun; S loves looking for matching pairs so this looks ideal for her.

    1. Catherine avatar

      I found it a fun book too, it took us a while to find the odd one out in some of the pictures!

  9. suz avatar

    This sounds a great idea for my grandson when he goes on his first plane journey later this year. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Catherine avatar

      We took our copy on the train 🙂

  10. Chantelle Hazelden avatar

    Oh this sounds like a very clever book, fun and engaging! Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

    1. Catherine avatar

      It is a very clever book and we all had fun looking for the ‘odd’ object 🙂