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Children's Fiction Counting & Numbers

Two by Two

illustrated by Barbara Reid

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Feb 2015
Counting & Numbers, General
Recommended Age
Recommended Grade
  • Big book

    Publish Date
    Jul 1994
    List Price
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    Feb 2015
    List Price

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Where to buy it


No ark since Noah’s own has shown such colour and diversity of life as that of Barbara Reid!

To save his family from the big flood, Noah builds a boat. It has to be HUGE, because two of every animal are coming to stay for forty days and forty nights. First in a trickle, then in a flood, animals of every colour and kind make their way into the hold. Bees and boas, camels and cats, every pair finds a place in these pages.

Two by Two has been a classic for 20 years, and it is now available in a chunky board book format for the youngest readers.

About the author


Barbara Reid réalise des illustrations avec de la pâte à modeler pour ensuite laisser le soin à son conjoint, Ian Chrisler de les photographier. Barbara a signé plusieurs livres à titre d'auteure malgré qu'elle avoue ne pas éprouver autant de plaisir à écrire une histoire qu'à l'illustrer. Elle a gagné plusieurs prix dont le prix du Gouverneur général et en 2014, le prix Libris dans la catégorie album illustré. Elle est aussi membre de l'Ordre de l'Ontario et de l'Ordre du Canada. Barbara vit à Toronto.


BARBARA REID is one of Canada’s most renowned creators of picture books, including Picture the Sky (Imagine le ciel), Picture a Tree, Perfect Snow and The Party. Her vibrant dimensional illustrations make her work a favourite around the world, and she has received many honours and awards, including the Governor General’s Award, the UNICEF Ezra Jack Keats Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award and CBC’s Fan Choice Award. In 2013, Barbara was made a member of the Order of Canada for her contributions to the Canadian children’s literature community. She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband, photographer Ian Crysler. Visit her at


Barbara Reid's profile page


  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Selection
  • Short-listed, Tiny Torgi Audio Award
  • Commended, American Library Association, Notable
  • Commended, White Ravens Selection (International Youth Library)
  • Winner, Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award
  • Short-listed, Ruth Schwartz Award
  • Short-listed, Mr. Christie's Book Award
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice
  • Commended, Canadian Library Association, Notable

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Two by Two:

“The animals are the stars of this picture book — and they are a delight.” Quill & Quire

“Three-dimensional artwork of extraordinary richness highlights this verse retelling of the Noah story . . . in real-as-life tactile detail.” —Publishers Weekly

“Remarkable for its textures, lively expressions . . . and the subtlety, imagination, and wit of the art.” —Kirkus

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