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# If You Were a Minus Sign

If you were a minus sign, you would subtract one number from another. You could subtract food and balloons. In every problem, you would find the difference. What else could you do if you were a minus sign?

## Overview

If you were a minus sign, you would subtract one number from another. You could subtract food and balloons. In every problem, you would find the difference. What else could you do if you were a minus sign?

## Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carolyn Briles
A good introduction to the fundamental concept of subtraction, this book is a nice change from standard elementary school textbooks. In this text, Trisha Shaskan makes a clear distinction between the symbol of a minus sign and the operation that it represents. She introduces the concept and semantics of standard story problems, and Francesca Carabelli's bold and bright illustrations bring them to life. More complex concepts are subtly mentioned in an age-appropriate and understandable way, such as subtraction's role as the inverse of addition. The book is part of the "Math Fun" series, and as such, it includes activities, a glossary, an index, and additional resources. The suggested activity makes this volume stand out. Shaskan sets up a hopscotch-like game that introduces motion to the math class, where children can jump out their subtraction problems to find the answer. Reviewer: Carolyn Briles

## Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781404847880
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
07/01/2008
Series:
Math Fun Series
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
183,992
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

## Meet the Author

When Trisha Speed Shaskan was a girl, she wanted to become a superhero. Her mother gave her a Wonder Woman costume. Her dad crafted her a tiara and bracelets out of metal to match. Trisha imagined she could fight evil, fly an invisible airplane, and get anyone to tell the truth. While she didn’t grow up to be Wonder Woman, she still uses her imagination to write stories and to teach creative writing. Trisha has taught creative writing to children and adults for thirteen years. She has published 26 books for children, and more are forthcoming. She has an MFA in creative writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Trisha currently lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Stephen, and their cat, Eartha, named after Eartha Kitt, famous for her role as Catwoman.

I always thought of books like a treasure chest, and the illustrations, like windows to look inside. My mother says, I was born with a pencil in hand...my left hand. I drew before I was able to speak. When I was eight years old, we moved into a new home, a big one. Our hobbies-room in this new home was so white that I had an idea. I decided to make it more colorful and I filled the walls with my characters. The ceiling was the only place that was not touched by my pencils. This was the beginning of my artist's freelance career. Since then, my funny characters have stayed with me everywhere, at grade school first, then at University in Rome where I studied Art and Literature. Now, the characters share the attic where I work, with me and my sweet black dog, Luna.

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