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If You Were a Quart or a Liter

If You Were a Quart or a Liter

by Marcie Aboff, Francesca Carabelli (Illustrator)

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If you were a quart or a liter, you would be the amount a container could hold. You could be a carton of ice cream, a jug of juice, or a can of motor oil. What else could you be if you were a quart or a liter?


If you were a quart or a liter, you would be the amount a container could hold. You could be a carton of ice cream, a jug of juice, or a can of motor oil. What else could you be if you were a quart or a liter?

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Children's Literature - Jane Singleton Paul
Quarts and liters as units of capacity are the subject of this "Math Fun" book. Capacity measurement is explained simply, rendering the concept accessible to first graders and older students. The mass that a container holds is taught using such familiar objects as jugs of milk and juice at the supermarket, ice cream buckets at a party, or lemonade bottles and glasses of iced tea from the fridge. Ubiquitous plastic water bottles for quenching your thirst during recess are divided up into cups, pints, and quarts, while punch at Penny's party is all about delicious liters. Considering the amount contained in the gigantic punch bowl allows for larger capacity while showing the simplicity of the metric system. From this point on, the idea of conversion of units, from liter to quart, is seamlessly addressed. A summer picnic extends the lesson with liters and quarts of soda. A quart of oil suffices for a small car while a large truck needs two gallons. Finally, an experiment using containers found in every home proves that capacity measurement is as simple as a glass of water. One aspect of the book is the idea of becoming a quart or liter, i.e., if you were a quart or a liter, you could be a container, live at the supermarket, change yourself from a quart to a liter, have your name shortened, exist as a soda bottle. I find this particular device unnecessary, for the book is clever and appealing enough without it. Whatever their level of previous knowledge, readers easily grasp the concept of capacity measurement. A final practical aspect at the end of the book is a glossary, an index, related books and websites, and the names of all the "Math Fun" series books. Reviewer: JaneSingleton Paul

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Math Fun Series
Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Marcie Aboff is the author of picture books, early readers, chapter books, and magazine stories. She also used to work as a feature writer for a daily newspaper in Escondido, California, and as a catalog copywriter for an advertising firm in New York City. She’s written more than 20 titles for Picture Window Books. Marcie loves visiting schools to talk to students about being an author, as well as helping them develop their own writing potential. When she’s not writing or visiting schools, Marcie likes to play tennis, listen to music, see really good movies, travel, and eat as much chocolate as she can. Marcie resides in Edison, New Jersey, with her two sons and one daughter. Their cat, Sneakers, also resides in the home, although he sometimes is under the impression he is the sole proprietor. Please visit Marcie’s website (www.marcieaboff.com) to learn more about her books.

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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