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For Good Measure: The Ways We Say How Much, How Far, How Heavy, How Big, How Old

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A bushel of facts and fabulous photographs make this 24 Karat informational book shine.

The mile gets its name from the term mille passus, whichmeans ?a thousand paces.? The abbreviation for pound (lb.) comes from the Latin libra pondo. Feet, pounds, quarts, miles: these are words we use every day. But where did they originate, and what do they actually mean?

Once again, Ken Robbins takes an everyday subject ...

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Overview

A bushel of facts and fabulous photographs make this 24 Karat informational book shine.

The mile gets its name from the term mille passus, whichmeans “a thousand paces.” The abbreviation for pound (lb.) comes from the Latin libra pondo. Feet, pounds, quarts, miles: these are words we use every day. But where did they originate, and what do they actually mean?

Once again, Ken Robbins takes an everyday subject and, through spectacular photographs and straightforward and entertaining text, makes it come alive.

 

For Good Measure is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Clear, artful photography, spare design, informative text and delicious historical tidbits make this a must-have reference books both kids and adults will enjoy.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“A delightful read.” —Newsday

The clarity that the illustrations bring to the concepts is remarkable. Everyone I shared this book with closed it saying, “I didn’t know that.” Pictures are worth a thousand words and this book makes good on that statement.” –Starred, Library Media Connection

“Clear and well-organized, the text is invitingly conversational and chockfull of interesting tidbits.” —Horn Book

“. . . Will be good as a resource tool when examining the subject.” —School Library Journal

“By tossing in tidbits of history, word origins and meanings, Robbins takes the everyday subject of measurement and makes it accessible, interesting and memorable.” —Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
This picture book, which focuses on the history of and definitions related to terms connected to length and distance, area, weight, liquid measure, dry capacity, and time, is a great choice for teachers hoping to add some context for students learning these important practical terms. Each individual term—such as ton, stone, carat, and dram—typically gets its own page with a short but informative overview of its definition and either where it originated or how it was used historically. For example, "The CUBIT equals 18 inches (45.72 centimeters): the distance from the middle finger to the elbow. In fact, the word comes from cubitus, the Latin word for elbow. It's probably the oldest unit of length in history. The Egyptians used it to build the pyramids, and the Bible says that Noah built the Ark 300 cubits long." The well-chosen pictures to illustrate the definitions are detailed enough to hold the reader's interest, providing a solid addition to nonfiction picture books. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Robbins gives an amazingly thorough description of the numerous ways we measure. He begins by explaining the general history and the increased need for precise means of measurement as time progressed. A note regarding the metric system is included, and all measurements provided in the book include the metric equivalent, set off in orange. Each measurement is accompanied by a clear explanation; frequently a little history or interesting factoid; and a crisp, full-color photograph, diagram, or drawing. There are perhaps a few unnecessary inclusions (fathoms and cubits, for example), and there is no description of how temperature is measured. This is not a subject that will be immediately attractive to children, but will be good as a resource tool when examining the subject.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
By tossing in tidbits of history, word origins and meanings, Robbins takes the everyday subject of measurement and makes it accessible, interesting and memorable. Beginning with the units for lengths and distances, readers will not only learn about feet and inches, but also hands (the width of a palm, used to measure the height of horses) and cubits (middle finger to the elbow, mentioned in the story of Noah's Ark in the Bible). The tie-ins to word origins may serve as mnemonic devices for readers-the word fathom comes from Old English and meant "outstretched arms," so if readers cannot fathom something, their arms cannot reach around it. From distances, the author moves on to area-measured in acres, hectares and sections-and then on to weight-pound, ounce, ton, stone, dram and carat (which gets its name from the carob seeds whose uniformity made them a good measure of weight). Liquid measures, dry capacity and time round out the volume. The photographs are a good complement, clearly illustrating the concepts without distracting from the text. Ordinary topic; extraordinary details. (Nonfiction. 6-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596433441
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 3/30/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,391,765
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

KEN ROBBINS has written and illustrated more than twenty books for children, including the highly successful PUMPKINS. He lives on Long Island, New York.

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