Leaping Lizards: Counting (MathStart 1 Series)

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Leaping Lizards

The show's about to begin — but where are all the lizards? Slowly they start to ...

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Overview

Stuart J. Murphy travels all over the UnitedStates talking to thousands of kids. And you'll never believe what they talk about: MATH! Stuart shows kids that they use math every day — to share a pizza, spend their allowance, even sort socks. Stuart writes funny stories about math — and if you read his books, you'll start to see the fun in math, too.

Leaping Lizards

The show's about to begin — but where are all the lizards? Slowly they start to arrive in groups of 5 and 10. Will all 50 make it in time? An introduction to counting by 5s and 10s.

Four students arrive on the first day of school looking cool and their teacher challenges them to keep it up as they count down one hundred days to a cool celebration.

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Gr 1-3-The first book offers a lesson on angles. Three rodents that are racing-car enthusiasts create a series of ramps in an attempt to get the feisty house cat with attitude to stop bothering them. The colorful cartoon animals talk to each other with false bravado and snideness. ("Back off, fur face!" "Wait till you see what we can do, fleabag!") Unfortunately, the lesson is poorly conceived-children might need more instruction in using a protractor (and might find it hard to believe that a racing car can zoom up a hill of pillows). Using brilliant colors, a variety of transportation modes, and plentiful lizards, Lizards demonstrates counting by 5s and 10s. Murphy's rhyming text is short and simple and children can add up the reptiles on each spread. The final striking "lizard show" spread is jubilant, resembling fireworks on the page. While children may find Horse fairly predictable, it's likely they will enjoy it. The watercolor cartoon horses and farm setting are appealing and light. The easy-to-read charts in the illustrations provide teaching tools for lessons on predictability as Hankie always does the same thing at the same time. Prior work with telling time is necessary for understanding the text. Beyond the math concept, this gentle story could offer reassurance to children.-Erlene Bishop Killeen, Fox Prairie Elementary School, Stoughton, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060001308
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/23/2005
  • Series: MathStart 1 Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart J. Murphy is a visual learning specialist. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he has a strong background in design and art direction. He also has extensive experience in the world of educational publishing. Drawing on all these talents, Stuart J. Murphy brings a unique perspective to the MathStart series. In MathStart books, pictures do more than tell stories; they teach math.

Stuart J. Murphy and his wife, Nancy, live in Boston.

JoAnn Adinolfi was born in New York City, on Staten Island. She is the author-illustrator of Tina's Diner. She has also illustrated Mrs. Cole on an Onion Roll: And Other School Poems by Kalli Dakos, Halloween Hoots and Howls by Joan Horton, and Johnny Germ Head by James Quigley. She now lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2009

    Great book

    This is an excellent book to teach children to count by 5's. I love these Mathstart books, it really presents math concepts to children in a fun way.

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