Gary Graff doesn't want to go to his family's boring reunion, but when he surveys his family members to finish his math homework-a graphing assignment-Gary learns a lot about graphing and his family-and has a lot of fun, too!

A boring family reunion provides data for charting graphs for a ...

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Gary Graff doesn't want to go to his family's boring reunion, but when he surveys his family members to finish his math homework-a graphing assignment-Gary learns a lot about graphing and his family-and has a lot of fun, too!

A boring family reunion provides data for charting graphs for a homework assignment.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
If you believe that a picture is worth a thousand words, then you will understand pretty quickly how a graph can convey information with just a glance. Gary is not real happy about getting up on Saturday morning to go to a family reunion. He tries several excuses and even claims that he has math homework which of course backfires when his mother tells him to bring it along. The things kids dread, getting pinched, kissed and hugged by all those relatives that you seldom see. Finally Gary finds a quiet pace to do his homework, but is stumped since he is supposed to make a variety of graphs. Inspired by an overheard conversation, he starts making graphs of what people eat, the temperature throughout the day, how many people had napkin and the like. Soon, his cousins are intrigued and start helping with his homework and they find a very clever way to determine the hair colors represented by the family. Another palatable math lesson with some real humor both in the text and illustrations that make this book a good choice for schools and any kid intrigued by math. An "All Aboard Math Reader" Level 2. 2003, Grosset & Dunlap, Ages 6 to 8.
— Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-This lively story demonstrates different types of graphs. After Gary Graff tries to use his math homework as an excuse for skipping a family reunion, his mother makes him take the project to the gathering. By observing his relatives in action and recording details, he is able to create a bar graph, line graph, and pie graph. By the end of the day, he has finished his homework and had a good time. The information-gathering process, graph-making methods, and finished products are clearly presented. Cheerful pencil-and-watercolor illustrations, touches of humor, and short sentences keep the story moving. School libraries looking for math-supporting easy-readers will want to consider this title.-Erlene Bishop Killeen, Fox Prairie Elementary School, Stoughton, WI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698157361
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/11/2003
  • Series: Penguin Young Readers, L3
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 316,187
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • File size: 36 MB
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