Elevator Magic: Subtracting (MathStart 2 Series)

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When the elevator goes down, the subtraction starts and so does the magic. Ben sees crazy things everytime the door opens. Ride along as he subtracts his way down to the lobby, and decide for yourself if it’s elevator magic.

Explains the concept of subtraction through a rhyming text about a descending elevator.

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When the elevator goes down, the subtraction starts and so does the magic. Ben sees crazy things everytime the door opens. Ride along as he subtracts his way down to the lobby, and decide for yourself if it’s elevator magic.

Explains the concept of subtraction through a rhyming text about a descending elevator.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cheryl Peterson
Ben meets his mom at work on the 10th floor of her office building. On the way down in the elevator they make several stops. Ben needs to subtract the number of floors to determine which number to push on the elevator button. The magic begins when their errands include a stop at Farm Bank and Trust (with live farm animals), and the Hard Rock Candy store that features a live hard rock band! This is part of a series of "Math Start" books that use every day situations to teach math concepts. The text is simple and fun to read, and the illustrations are large and colorful. The last two pages list activities parents and teachers can use with this book to present math concepts to children.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-2--The plays on words make this book about subtraction amusing as well as informative. Like other titles in the series, it uses a common daily activity to teach some math basics. A boy meets his mother on the 10th floor of a high rise. On the way down, Mom needs to do some errands. The first stop, two floors down, is to cash a check at the Farm Bank and Trust, which is (lo and behold!) filled with horses, barns, and hay fields. Farther down is the Hard Rock Candy Store, which is not only full of candy but also of the sounds and lights of a heavy metal band. Karas's zany illustrations support the main concept being taught, while picking up on the humor in the word play. The repeated image of the elevator controls, the child's monologue, and numerical equations that display his figuring further enhance the understanding of how subtraction works. The book concludes with several easy-to-apply activities to extend this presentation.--Stephani Hutchinson, Pioneer Elementary School, Sunnyside, WA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064467094
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Series: MathStart 2 Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 85,765
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 240L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.81 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart J. Murphy is a visual learning specialist. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he has a strong background in design and art direction. He also has extensive experience in the world of educational publishing. Drawing on all these talents, Stuart J. Murphy brings a unique perspective to the MathStart series. In MathStart books, pictures do more than tell stories; they teach math.

Stuart J. Murphy and his wife, Nancy, live in Boston.

G. Brian Karas has written and illustrated several award-winning children's books, including On Earth and Home on the Bayou: A Cowboy's Story, a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book. The picture books he has illustrated include Are You Going to Be Good?, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book written by Cari Best. Mr. Karas lives in Rhinebeck, New York.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    This was a great book for teaching Kindergarten students about subtraction with a read aloud book. My kids love stories read to them and this is a great one!

    Loved it. Was a great read aloud and wasn't above the understanding of my Kindergarten classroom.

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