Harley Harrison is the best math student in second grade; he is also the biggest tattletale. Then Emma Jean arrives. She is good at math too, but is also a tattletale. Soon they’re using their math skills to tattle on each other every chance they get.

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Harley Harrison is the best math student in second grade; he is also the biggest tattletale. Then Emma Jean arrives. She is good at math too, but is also a tattletale. Soon they’re using their math skills to tattle on each other every chance they get.

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Children's Literature
Kids will like this book so much they will actually enjoy learning a little math as they read. Harley Harrison, a bristle-haired tattletale and excellent math student, is the scourge of the second grade. He keeps notes documenting the other students' transgressions and then presents them to those in charge. He reports Erwin for chewing erasers after adding up just how many erasers Erwin chews in a week. He reports Cindy and Mindy for forgetting to clean under their desks for three days, after he counts the items they have neglected. He also reports Luis for drinking two chocolate milks a day at lunch. Of course, he totals Luis' intake for the week. Enter Emma Jean, a new student in the class who is also good at math and who reports Harley for spending too much time at the water fountain. Emma Jean adds up the total time before handing the teacher a note. There are a few more rounds before Harley and Emma Jean learn to work together and find they are too busy to tattletale any longer. The illustrations, especially those of pencil-chewing Erwin, capture the flavor of second grade. In addition to the math included in the story, there are "Math Tattle Battle Teasers" for youngsters to solve in the back of the book. 2006, Albert Whitman, Ages 5 to 8.
—Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Harley Harrison is a math whiz and a tattler. The second grader observes his classmates and then writes detailed reports filled with simple numerical evidence of their wrongdoings. The reports are shown in full-page illustrations that incorporate numbers, objects, and childlike printing: "Erwin chewed the erasers off 8 pencils on Monday 3 pencils on Tuesday...=21 erasers." The adults deal with the boy's disclosures as his classmates complain. Then a new student arrives, and Harley finds his match. Emma Jean corrects his mistakes and begins to tattle in an oddly familiar manner, using calculations to prove her points. The two tell on one another until their teacher pairs them in a math challenge. After working separately and losing time, they cooperate, and the results are rewarding-extra time at recess. They inform their teacher that they will be "too busy playing" to write any more reports. The striking color cartoon art in soft pastel tones depicts children with expressive faces. The math is cleverly woven into the story and used effectively. Back matter includes a half-dozen "Math Tattle Battle Teasers" and their solutions. The book is a winning combination of math problems and a true-to-life story.-Erlene Bishop Killeen, Fox Prairie Elementary School, Stoughton, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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"The book is a winning combination of math problems and a true-to-life story."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781497615144
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 4/29/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Edition description: Digital Original
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 893,031
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • File size: 28 MB
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Meet the Author

Anne Bowen wrote her first story in elementary school. Since then, she has published many books for children. She lives in Utah with her husband and her two golden retrievers.
Jaime Zollars began making art at a young age. She got her B.F.A in Illustration from the Art Center College of Design. Jaime has illustrated children’s books, magazines, newspapers, and ad campaigns.  She lives in Maryland with her husband and son.

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