Help Me Learn Addition

Help Me Learn Addition

by Jean Marzollo
     
 

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This book is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for kindergarten and first-grade mathematics in operations and algebraic thinking: (K.OA. 1-5) and (1.OA. 1-8).

We have 8 little chicks.
We add 1 more, then we add 1 more.
Now we have ten!

Bright photographs of puppets, marbles, chicks, dogs, and other fun objects, a

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Overview

This book is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for kindergarten and first-grade mathematics in operations and algebraic thinking: (K.OA. 1-5) and (1.OA. 1-8).

We have 8 little chicks.
We add 1 more, then we add 1 more.
Now we have ten!

Bright photographs of puppets, marbles, chicks, dogs, and other fun objects, a rhyming text, and a fun game help children learn to add. This book teaches children how to connect numbers with a value and introduces them to mathematical equations. As the author explains, "This is a book about experiencing addition through hands-on play and exploration."

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this companion to Help Me Learn Numbers 0–20, Marzollo and Phillips teach basic addition skills by making use of rhymed verse and bright photographs of toys and other recognizable objects. In one spread, a word problem prompts readers to add up the riders on a toy train (“Here comes the math train/ straight from Penn!/ 7 plus 3/ equals 10”), while other scenes feature monster finger puppets and ceramic dogs. Concepts like “skip counting” and using tally marks are also introduced, although the rhymes can get overwrought in the process: “Spaceship babies/ want to know more./ Can we tell them what tally marks are for?/ Tally marks help/ us count today./ Here’s a math sentence/ the tally mark way.” Still, this is an inviting visual introduction to addition. Ages 3–7. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Using the clean photographic style and bouncing rhymes of Marzollo's "I Spy" series (Scholastic), this energetic picture book features basic math concepts such as counting, addition, counting by twos and fives, using tally marks, subtraction, and division. Child-friendly objects such as marbles, finger puppets, and animal figurines demonstrate each concept. The book is well suited for reading aloud, with mathematical challenges worked into the verses, allowing rhymes to give clues to the answers. Phillips's brightly colored photos make effective use of negative space to highlight specific mathematical elements; the book as a whole demonstrates similar thoughtfulness in the way concepts progress in difficulty, building from previous examples so as not to overwhelm.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
Kirkus Reviews
Marzollo's second Help Me Learn title builds on the first (Help Me Learn Numbers 0-20, 2011) but unfortunately does not fix its rhythm and rhyme flaws. Relating to the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics for pre-K through first grade, this latest focuses on addition: counting on, skip counting, number sentences, ways to equal 10, tally marks and a few subtraction problems. But clunky verses with words chosen for rhyme rather than meaning (or even rhythm) plague these pages, and affect not just readers' understanding, but readability as well. "What is the answer / when we add zero? / It's what we had. / Is that clear-o?" However, the book's largest problem is a disconnect between content and audience. The rhyming is appropriate for the younger end of the spectrum but may turn off the older kids, and the tally marks and 3- and 4-digit addition sentences are going to be beyond the younger kids, especially since the math is not really explained. Many of the tiny objects from the first book make a reappearance here in Phillips' photos, but there are some interesting new additions, most notably colorful marbles and some bright and cheerful aliens. This is not a book that kids could (or would) pick up on their own without guidance, and teachers are likely still to prefer to use old favorites that do it well. (Math picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823423989
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
370L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Jean Marzollo has written more than 130 books for children, including the books in the award-winning I Spy series and Help Me Learn Numbers 0-20, which School Library Journal called "a fun way for children to learn these numbers." She lives with her husband in Cold Spring, New York.

Chad Phillips is a commercial photographer whose photographs illustrated Help Me Learn Numbers 0-20 and Help Me Learn Subtraction. He lives in Connecticut.

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