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Children's LiteratureIs it possible that How Much Is A Million? has been out for twenty years already? It is a rare book in the publishing world that remains in print for that length of time. When it does it is generally one that children find intriguing, parents find important, and teachers find useful. This book is the perfect trifecta! A concept book at heart, How Much Is A Million? strives to provide children with tangible ways to grasp what exactly a million of something might look like. There are many adults who would be hard-pressed to understand what a million looks like. Schwartz uses something children know like goldfish and shows that if a goldfish bowl could hold a million goldfish, then the bowl would be big enough to hold a whale. Kellogg's illustrations are integral to the text in this book; it is important that children "see" what that would look like. Kellogg draws a whale in an enormous goldfish bowl with children standing beside it to give it a visual scale. In example after example, Schwartz and Kellogg team up to assist children in understanding what would otherwise be an incomprehensible notion. How much IS a million? 2005 (orig. 1985), HarperCollins, Ages 3 to 6.
—Joan Kindig, Ph.D.