Give Me Half!: Understanding Halves (MathStart 2 Series)

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Splitting things in half may seem like an easy thing to do, but when two siblings and a pizza are involved, things can get messy. Children learn about fractions at school but fractions are also an important part of everyday life outside the classroom.In this riotous book, Stuart J. Murphy and G. Brian Karas introduce the simplest of fractions, 1/2.

Introduces the concept of halves using a simple rhyming story about a brother and ...

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Overview

Splitting things in half may seem like an easy thing to do, but when two siblings and a pizza are involved, things can get messy. Children learn about fractions at school but fractions are also an important part of everyday life outside the classroom.In this riotous book, Stuart J. Murphy and G. Brian Karas introduce the simplest of fractions, 1/2.

Introduces the concept of halves using a simple rhyming story about a brother and sister who do not want to share their food.

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School Library Journal
Gr 1-3The concept that "_ and _ is 1" is presented using two bickering siblings who cannot share anything without parental intervention. Finally, the situation degenerates into a food fight, and the kids decide that if they each clean up half, they'll be done a lot sooner. Although the presentation of the math concept is clear and straightforward and the acrylic, gouache, and pencil illustrations are colorful and quirky, the singsong rhyme and lack of any real plot make this a less interesting choice than Pat Hutchins's The Doorbell Rang (Greenwillow, 1986). A list of suggestions for adults using the book with children follows the story.JoAnn Rees, Sunnyvale Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064467018
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Series: MathStart 2 Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 71,614
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2010

    Extremely Appropriate for teaching the concept of one-half

    As a Kindergarten teacher who teaches in a CTT class (collaborative team teaching- 60% general ed and 40% special needs), I found the book extremely helpful in explaining the concept. My students learned the concept of half from seeing the visual pictures from the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2003

    5 GLOWING STARS

    My two daughters 3 1/2 and 2 1/2 loved this book. I could not believe how they picked up on the math concept so quickly. The book is written in such easy reading that we have to read this book every night! And they comment on how 1/2 and 1/2 make a whole all the time.

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