How High Can a Dinosaur Count?: And Other Math Mysteries

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Help Heloise add her dimes, nickels, and pennies to buy a hat at Madame Millie’s Millinery; tell time on the clock at the Tutti-Frutti Zoo; and calculate with Bertram the cost of his colossal birthday cake.
 
Clever text and imaginative art mesh to create playful, simple math problems right on target for ages 6—99 . . . anyone who loves the magic of numbers! Valorie Fisher has created fifteen miniature worlds, each showcasing an ingenious ...
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Overview

Help Heloise add her dimes, nickels, and pennies to buy a hat at Madame Millie’s Millinery; tell time on the clock at the Tutti-Frutti Zoo; and calculate with Bertram the cost of his colossal birthday cake.
 
Clever text and imaginative art mesh to create playful, simple math problems right on target for ages 6—99 . . . anyone who loves the magic of numbers! Valorie Fisher has created fifteen miniature worlds, each showcasing an ingenious math problem (with more questions at the back of the book). In a starred review Publishers Weekly raved, “Math made fun? Problem solved.”
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School Library Journal starred review
Publishers Weekly starred review
Publishers Weekly
Fisher does for 1, 2, 3 in this clever volume what she did for ABC in Ellsworth's Extraordinary Electric Ears and Other Amazing Alphabet Anecdotes. In this entertaining book of numbers, she demonstrates how figures can factor into everyday life, whether it be flipping flapjacks or licking lollipops. Fisher takes readers inside 15 miniature dioramas, where dogs "sip tea in the tub" and dinosaurs wait for a departing train. Her scenarios take readers' minds off math's complexity and instead focus on daily doings-a clever device especially for struggling young mathematicians. Fisher peppers her prose with alliteration ("The heavenly hats at Madame Millie's Millinery are brimming with blossoms, butterflies, and bows"). Her word choices are not of the plain-vanilla variety, either, and may well broaden readers' vocabulary: "Ichabod's ice cream flavors are enticing.... Tex takes scoops of toffee, tomato, and tangerine." The accompanying illustration depicts the boys with cones, all piled three-scoops high, they've purchased from a straw-hatted, bow-tie clad vendor in a cone-shaped stand. Fisher's artwork plays homage to Monty Python's Terry Gilliam, creating a collage-like medium that beckons readers to explore these pages on many levels, and the compositions give clues to the simple addition, subtraction and multiplication problems. For those craving even more math, the final pages offer solutions to the original problems posed as well as additional "math mysteries." Math made fun? Problem solved. Ages 5-9. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-Anyone who thinks that a math-activity book can't be fun hasn't seen this one. The text for each of the 15 problems is presented on the left, using a large, clean font on a spectrum of soft pastel backgrounds. The problems are clearly explained, but lots of alliteration and some unexpected vocabulary make for interesting reading. The illustration on the right features Fisher's unique photographic technique. Richly textured patterns and hand-drawn objects are cut out and arranged, then photographed in such a way as to create whimsical tableaux with a three-dimensional feel. The characters are charming, from Ogden the orderly man who lives in a watering can that he keeps spick and span, to Daphne, the sweet blue dragon who dines on daisies. At the back of the book, Fisher presents four more problems for each illustration, with solutions provided for all. Appropriate for group discussions and attractive to browsers, this creative combination of text and art is a first purchase for most collections.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375858093
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 413,502
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Valorie Fisher is the creator of When Ruby Tried to Grow Candy and How High Can a Dinosaur Count?, called “guaranteed fun” by School Library Journal. She is the illustrator of The Fantastic 5 & 10¢ Store by J. Patrick Lewis, called “good, old-fashioned fun” by Publishers Weekly, and her photographs appear in the beloved Moxy Maxwell books. Valorie lives in Cornwall, Connecticut.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2006

    Fun... math... with case problems... challenges...

    As the lapel of the book jacket reads, 'How much fun can math be? Open this book and find out!' Author Valorie Fisher combines the 'love of the magic of numbers' with fifteen stories and math problems to solve. The stars of 'How High Can A Dinosaur Count?' include Heloise, Lulu from the Tutti-Frutti Zoo, Felix, Flo, and Fifi, and their flapjacks. Al math exercises are placed within a brief scenario, with the author's superb artwork reflected in vivid, deep colors. A few 'math problems' are depicted as such -- 'Prunella pines for the pink polka-dotted purse in the window of Hattie's Handbags. Each of the purses she is holding contains 25 cents. Does Prunella have enough to purchase the pink polka-dotted purse?' In the meantime, Dinosaur Dexter waits for his train, '¿ He begins to notice numbers and has soon spotted very odd number from 1 to 20. Can you find them, too?' Fisher's book can be enjoyed by all ages -- 5 to 99. More formulas to solve are at book end, and if you get stuck for the answer, a secret¿ never fear, the answers can be found at the back of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2006

    Math Fun¿ and challenges¿

    As the lapel of the book jacket reads, 'How much fun can math be? Open this book and find out!' Author Valorie Fisher combines the 'love of the magic of numbers' with fifteen stories and math problems to solve. The stars of 'How High Can A Dinosaur Count?' include Heloise, Lulu from the Tutti-Frutti Zoo, Felix, Flo, and Fifi, and their flapjacks. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division exercises are placed within a brief scenario, with the author's superb artwork reflected in vivid, deep colors. A few 'math problems' are depicted as such -- 'Prunella pines for the pink polka-dotted purse in the window of Hattie's Handbags. Each of the purses she is holding contains 25 cents. Does Prunella have enough to purchase the pink polka-dotted purse?' In the meantime, Dinosaur Dexter waits for his train, '¿ He begins to notice numbers and has soon spotted very odd number from 1 to 20. Can you find them, too?' Fisher's book can be enjoyed by ages 5 to 99.. More formulas to solve are at book end, and if you get stuck for the answer, a secret¿ never fear, the answers can be found at the back of the book.

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