Full House: An Invitation to Fractionsby Dayle Ann Dodds, Abby Carter
Miss Bloom runs the Strawberry Inn, and she absolutely loves visitors. Throughout the day, she welcomes a cast of hilarious characters, from a duchess to a dog trainer, until all the rooms are taken. It’s a full/b>
With Dayle Ann Dodds’s engaging rhymes and Abby Carter’s dynamic illustrations, this introduction to fractions is a piece of cake.
Miss Bloom runs the Strawberry Inn, and she absolutely loves visitors. Throughout the day, she welcomes a cast of hilarious characters, from a duchess to a dog trainer, until all the rooms are taken. It’s a full house! But in the middle of the night, Miss Bloom realizes that something is just not right — and sure enough, downstairs the guests are eating her cake. Readers will be happily inspired to do the math and discover that one delicious cake divided by five hungry guests and one hospitable hostess equals a perfect midnight snack at the Strawberry Inn.
Fresh, whimsical watercolor illustrations fairly float off the pages in this title. Rhyming text invites readers to enjoy every moment at the Strawberry Inn, and simple fractions are woven into the story as Miss Bloom welcomes a variety of guests to her six-room establishment. As assorted characters arrive, fractions are used to show how the space fills up: "Now ONE room of SIX had a guest for the night./To fill up the inn would be pure delight! 1/6." This repeated refrain is used throughout to emphasize the increasing numbers until Miss Bloom finally gets a full house when six out of six equals one. To further emphasize the concept, a celebratory pie is cut into sixths. Though some of the verses are a bit contrived to create the rhyme, this is still a fun choice for reinforcing the concept of fractions.
Judy ChichinskiCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Meet the Author
Dayle Ann Dodds is the author of numerous picture books for children, including THE SHAPE OF THINGS, TEACHER'S PETS, THE GREAT DIVIDE: A MATHEMATICAL MARATHON, and MINNIE'S DINER: A MULTIPLYING MENU. A former elementary school teacher, she lives in Carmel Valley, California.
Abby Carter has illustrated many books for children, including MY HIPPIE GRANDMOTHER, ANDY SHANE AND THE VERY BOSSY DOLORES STARBUCKLE, and ANDY SHANE AND THE PUMPKIN TRICK. She lives in Hadlyme, Connecticut.
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What a colorful book that is sure to capture the sit-down attention of children. It will be enjoyed by children ages 3 and up. It will be comprehended as a conceptual book on fractions by beginning elementary students. As parents we begin early to show our children fractions by speaking of cutting an apple in half or in fourths (quarters). That is a beginning. Full House brings us into the guest house or boarding house of Miss Bloom and she has six rooms in her house. Each guest (entirely different in personality which adds to the adventure) occupies one room = one/sixth = 1/6. So when the second guest arrives, he is in room two and 2/6 of the house is occupied. The text is my favorite style for capturing tickle-bone-funny interest of kids: rhyme. And the vocabulary used will expand word understanding for the young child as words uncommon in young children's books are used. Then into the kitchen Miss Bloom went to make a scrumptious dinner for all to partake. There were chicken and peas, potatoes au gratin, but the very best part -- Miss Bloom had forgotten! We see on the bottom of the right page of each spread, the fraction concept is explain as it pertains to that guest's arrival. Toward the end of the book, the guests have found the "very best part" that Miss Bloom had forgotten and they have divided it into "fractions" for one each or 5/6 leaving the last part for Miss Bloom who was number six. Brightly illustrated by Abby Carter, the facial expressions and cheerful mood of the watercolors will win over parent, teacher, and child. I highly recommend this as another way to entertain as you teach your child. DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of Full House was provided in exchange for my honest review by the publisher, Candlewick Press, on behalf of the author without obligation for a favorable review. Opinions expressed are solely my own.
My son likes to have this book read to him as a bedtime story, he thinks that it is funny, with the rhyming story, plus it's cool way to slip in some fractions...