1,2,3 To The Zoo.
Cleveland and New York: The World Publishing Company, 1968. First edition. Thin quarto, original cloth. Signed by Eric Carle on the title page. Fine in near fine price-clipped dust jacket with a small chip on the front panel, and wear at the spine ends. The artist's first solely authored and original picture book.
1,2,3 To the Zoo features a band of animals traveling to the zoo by train. Children can count out the members of each group as they pass by, car by car. Carle's colorful trademark collage art makes this wordless counting book a fun and educational way to put children on the right track to numerical comprehension. Without any words at all, Carle is able to relate a masterful tale that captures the essences of zoology and mathematics in such a way where even a child can grasp the importance of these disciplines.