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Corkscrew Counts: A Story About Multiplication
     

Corkscrew Counts: A Story About Multiplication

by Donna Jo Napoli, Richard Tchen, Anna Currey (Illustrator)
 

At Corkscrew's party, everyone wants to play. Every game the kids try needs a different number of players, and they never have the right amount. The little pig and his parrot friend know how to solve the problem--if only they can get the kids to understand

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Corkscrew stars in this delightful companion to The Wishing Club.

Overview

At Corkscrew's party, everyone wants to play. Every game the kids try needs a different number of players, and they never have the right amount. The little pig and his parrot friend know how to solve the problem--if only they can get the kids to understand

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Corkscrew stars in this delightful companion to The Wishing Club.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
Corkscrew the pig is having a birthday party! Twelve children and a parrot named Pirate have gathered to celebrate. But after Corkscrew opens his presents, no one is quite sure what to do at a pig's birthday party. When one of the children decides they should play games, there is general excitement—until the children realize that they have to actually think about how to form teams in order to play the various games. Plus, when Corkscrew and Pirate try to "help," but they end up causing additional problems for the children. Scattered throughout the pages are basic multiplication problems that illustrate how the children team up. The pencil and pastel watercolor illustrations are colorful and add to the sense of energy as the children and animals play. A "Dear Readers" section at the back of the book provides additional questions for consideration by readers interested in further math exploration. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

Twelve children gather together to celebrate Corkscrew the pig's birthday, but they have trouble deciding what games to play. Every time they form teams and begin an activity that will work for all 12 youngsters, Corkscrew and another guest, a lively parrot, interrupt, throwing off the even sides and taking over the action. The final game, Ultimate Frisbee, needs two groups of seven players, so the animals are accepted as teammates and the party ends on a happy note. The endearing creatures add humor and interest to a rather mundane story that seems contrived to use multiplication in the forming of the teams. The inclusion of simple math problems (1 x 12 = 12; 2 x 6 = 12; etc.) doesn't add to the text. While the birthday party theme and the pets may attract readers, the most appealing part of the book is the charming watercolors that show an engaging cast of neighborhood children, messy party decorations, the pig dressed up in bows, and the parrot causing chaos.-Erlene Bishop Killeen, Stroughton Area School District, WI

Kirkus Reviews
This rather lackluster tale of a pig's birthday party fails to emphasize multiplication as the subtitle would have readers believe. Four siblings hold a birthday party for their pet pig, each inviting two friends, one of whom brings his pet parrot, Pirate. While the presents are a disappointment, the games portion of the party looks promising to Corkscrew. As the kids determine how many groups to form for each different game, a multiplication problem summarizes how to manage the play. Badminton teams are pairs, so the children form six groups of two-but the pets keep getting in the way. After five failed games, the children finally stumble onto the solution, and choose a game for 14 rather than 12, including the pets in their play. Activity ideas and additional math problems extend the multiplication practice. Currey's watercolors charmingly illustrate the mayhem the two animals cause, but fail to emphasize the mathematics: Never do the pictures show the children divided according to the multiplication problem. A disappointing follow-up to The Wishing Club (2007). (Picture book. 6-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805076646
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
09/16/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

DONNA JO NAPOLI is an acclaimed author best known for her fantasy novels. She lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania with her husband and five children.


RICHARD TCHEN
is an author and a project coordinator for the Math Forum, an online mathematics education center. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

ANNA CURREY has illustrated several books for children. She lives with her family near Bath, England.

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