How Long or How Wide?: A Measuring Guide


Brian Cleary and Brian Gable bring their trademark sense of humor to the subject of measuring length. A rhyming text filled with funny examples explains how to use and compare metric and U.S. customary units of length. Readers are also introduced to the tools they need to measure length?rulers, metersticks, and more.

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Brian Cleary and Brian Gable bring their trademark sense of humor to the subject of measuring length. A rhyming text filled with funny examples explains how to use and compare metric and U.S. customary units of length. Readers are also introduced to the tools they need to measure length—rulers, metersticks, and more.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leslie Rounds
In rhyming text, a sentence or two per page, cute cartoon animals explore the world of measuring, both in the English system and the Metric system. This book would not be useful for serious instruction; it is a nice introduction for preschoolers to the concept of measurement. Sometimes the need to accomplish a rhyme seems to get in the way of the clearest possible presentation of the material: "One inch looks like this and it's easy to miss, because of its very small size. But it shows us its might when it helps tell the height of the trees that reach up to the skies." Young students are generally taught to choose the most appropriate unit of measure for the object and would not be instructed to measure the lofty evergreens shown in inches! In general the jaunty, fun nature of text and illustrations makes up for the occasional shortfalls, making this book a satisfactory choice for collections serving preschoolers.
Kirkus Reviews
This third in the Math is CATegorical series measures up quite nicely. Covering inches, feet, yards, millimeters, centimeters, decimeters and meters, Cleary's bouncy rhymes are a good beginning introduction to both the English and Metric systems, as well as the tools used to measure objects. "And see this-it's cool- / inches live on this tool. / It's a measuring stick called a ruler. / A 12-inch collection, / 1 foot of perfection, / the right size / for every grade-schooler." Rulers in paws, Gable's large-nosed cast of brightly colored quirky cats, mice and fleas measures objects large and small. His cartoons are entertaining and sure to gain children's attention. Although the measurements pictured are not always to scale, they logically build on the clear explanations found in the text, creating a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Save a centimeter of shelf space for this one. (Nonfiction. 5-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761373605
  • Publisher: Lerner Digital
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Pages: 32

Meet the Author

Brian P. Cleary is the author of the Math Is CATegorical ® series, the Adventures in Memory™ series, the Sounds Like Reading™ series, and the best-selling Words Are CATegorical ® series, including Stop and Go, Yes and No: What Is an Antonym?, How Much Can a Bare Bear Bear?: What Are Homonyms and Homophones?, and To Root, to Toot, to Parachute: What Is a Verb? He is also the author of Rainbow Soup: Adventures in Poetry, Rhyme and PUNishment: Adventures in Wordplay, Peanut Butter and Jellyfishes: A Very Silly Alphabet Book, and The Laugh Stand: Adventures in Humor. In addition to his work as a children's author, Mr. Cleary has served as a tutor in an adult literacy program. His website is Brian Gable is the illustrator of many of the Words Are CATegorical ® books, as well as the Make Me Laugh joke books and the Math Is CATegorical ® series. Mr. Gable lives with his children in Toronto, Canada, where he also works as a political cartoonist for the Globe and Mail newspaper.

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