by Rozanne Lanczak Williams

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Children's Literature
Did you know that five apples and five oranges add up to ten pieces of fruit? In Adding, this is the kind of problem that a young read will encounter. Each problem in the book includes a hands-on activity and then the next page shows the total numbers of objects and the name line to reinforce the answers. This is a super way to present a problem in beginning mathematics, especially for students who need manipulatives to be successful. It does seem strange that it jumps from simple one digit plus one digit to one digit plus one digit plus one digit. This book introduces addition, but do not expect it to teach it especially when there does not seem to be more then five problems. Williams uses straightforward language to show how different objects can add up to ten. A cool question that she asked was that 10+10+10+10+10= instead of showing 50 she wrote, "a lot of fun," which I thought was weird. The rest of the book illustrates the actual number, and now we move to an ambiguous concept of fun to answer a problem. This might be confusing to young people. Do not expect the readers to get anything but a glimpse of what addition is all about. It still has a place in a teacher's bookshelf or in a school library. Part of the "I Can + Do Math" series. 2004, Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 4 to 7.
—Julia Beiker

Product Details

Gareth Stevens Publishing
Publication date:
I Can Do Math Series
Product dimensions:
6.54(w) x 9.46(h) x 0.28(d)
Age Range:
6 Years

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