Each Orange Had 8 Slices: A Counting Book

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This original book uses familiar objects to introduce begining math concepts and reinforce visual literacy. Dynamic illustrations combine with simple yet challenging questions sure to stimulate young learners to move beyond simple counting to more complex, mathematical tasks. Excellent for intrducing multiplication to a group and for playing counting and calculating games.

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Overview

This original book uses familiar objects to introduce begining math concepts and reinforce visual literacy. Dynamic illustrations combine with simple yet challenging questions sure to stimulate young learners to move beyond simple counting to more complex, mathematical tasks. Excellent for intrducing multiplication to a group and for playing counting and calculating games.

An illustrated introduction to counting and simple addition.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Despite its humdrum title, this author-illustrator team's ( How Many Snails? ) latest effort is an unusually stimulating counting book that holds appeal for a wide spectrum of ages. Each spread discloses three facts, followed by three questions, such as: ``On my way to the playground I saw 3 red flowers. Each red flower had 6 pretty petals. Each petal had 2 tiny black bugs.'' Readers are then asked to total how many flowers, how many petals and how many black bugs there are. The very young can count aloud as they point to each object, whereas older children can use multiplication to complete the calculations, which vary in difficulty. Displaying an exceptionally brilliant palette of colors, Crews's typically bold, uncluttered pictures make counting easy for the smallest fingers. Unlike most books of the genre, this will not be quickly outgrown. Ages 3-up. (Mar.)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PWs starred review praised this counting book as unusually stimulating, commenting that it holds appeal for a wide spectrum of ages. Ages 3-up. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
On his or her way to the everyday destinations in a child's life, author Giganti's unseen narrator encounters a variety of characters and their accompanying attributes. The child meets clowns with balloons, flower petals with ants, and calves with wobbly legs. After each encounter, the same set of three "how many" questions are asked. Counting opportunities abound. But the stage is subtly set for beginning multiplication, division, and set theory lessons as well. Donald Crews' illustrations are as crisp and engaging as ever, and they seem especially brilliant in this big book format. The book comes with a very good teacher's guide that gives suggestions for pre-reading activities, recommends other counting books, and contains ideas to enliven the lessons.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- The vibrant style of Crews's gouache artwork is well matched to this exceptional introduction to mathematics. A situation is presented in simple sentences. ``On my way to Grandma's I saw 2 fat cows. Each cow had 2 calves. Each calf had 4 skinny legs,'' and the questions follow:``How many fat cows. . . calves . . . legs were there in all?'' The bright, cheerful illustrations boldly amplify the scenes, making interaction easy and fun. Tana Hoban's Count and See (Macmillan, 1972) and 26 Letters and 99 Cents (Greenwillow, 1987), and Mitsumasa Anno's Anno's Counting Book (Crowell, 1977) are other fine counting books. This one, however, takes the concepts a step further to challenge older children's thinking skills without being patronizing or sacrificing integrity for the youngest audiences. Teachers will find it useful for beginning multipliers. The book concludes with the age-old riddle contained in the poem, ``As I was going to St. Ives.'' Its answer is a lighthearted way to finish such an engaging, attractive addition to the concept picture-book genre. --Mary Lou Budd, Milford South Elementary School, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688131166
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1994
  • Series: Big Books Series
  • Edition description: Mulberry Big Books Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 17.20 (w) x 14.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Giganti, Jr., teaches mathematics to teachers at the University of California at Berkeley. He is himself a graduate of UC Berkeley, with a degree in mathematics, and he taught in the public schools for fifteen years. He lives with his family in Albany, California.

Donald Crews is the renowned creator of many celebrated children's books, including the Caldecott Honor Books Freight Train and Truck. He and his wife, Ann Jonas, live in New York's Hudson River Valley.

Donald Crews es el renombrado autor de dos libros merecedores del premio Caldecott, Tren de carga (Freight Train) y School Bus. Vive con su esposa, Ann Jonas, cerca del Río Hudson, en Nueva York.

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