How Much Is a Million?

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This book reveals how big a bowl would be needed to hold a million goldfish, or how many years it would take to count to a million. "Aside from being great fun, and it is, this book leads the viewer to conceptualize what at first seems inconceivable, no small feat."—Booklist. Author's note about each calculation.

Text and pictures try to make possible the conceptualization of a million, a billion, and a trillion.

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Overview

This book reveals how big a bowl would be needed to hold a million goldfish, or how many years it would take to count to a million. "Aside from being great fun, and it is, this book leads the viewer to conceptualize what at first seems inconceivable, no small feat."—Booklist. Author's note about each calculation.

Text and pictures try to make possible the conceptualization of a million, a billion, and a trillion.

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Children's Literature
Is 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590436144
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/1986
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.74 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.09 (d)

Meet the Author

With the same energy, humor and clarity found in his 50 books, David wows audiences at schools around the United States and beyond. David is an accomplished storyteller and a master at getting kids to think and have fun at the same time. His presentations lead children on entertaining and educational journeys that combine math, science, reading and writing. David also gives keynote presentations and workshops for educators at professional conferences.

Steven Kellogg was "moved by the simplicity, the subtleties, and the poignance of the writing in this story." He welcomed the opportunity to reillustrate it in full color. Mr. Kellogg is an award-winning author and illustrator who has created more than 100 children's books, including The Three Little Pigs, Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, and Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett. He is the illustrator of Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town and The Baby Beebee Bird. Mr. Kellogg is a recipient of the David McCord Citation and the Regina Medal for his distinguished contribution to children's literature. He lives with his wife, Helen, in upstate New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Fun book, looks at numbers with fun examples.

    We've read this book a few times but it still gives my son the wow factor. Did you know it would take a lifetime to count from 1 to 1 million? Interesting stuff for a 5 year old and mom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2008

    A zillion thanks

    A zillion thanks to the authors for writing this educational book. My kids found it to be enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2001

    Great for elementary schools

    As a father and a future elementary teacher, I'm always looking for interesting books to be able to read my students and son. I learned of this book in one of my math for elementary teacher classes and loved the idea. Since then, I have had numerous opportunities to read this book to students while volunteering and working in schools.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2001

    My kids love this book

    My four year old daughter was a real numbers whiz, and this book fascinated her as well as her older brother. Two years later they still get it out and look at it together and talk about 'what if we had a million pennies' etc. I thought it was very unique and it was the perfect book for a child who loved to talk about numbers.

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