Mary Clare Likes to Share: A Math Reader

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Mary Clare loves to share. If there's food around, Mary Clare fairly divides it up and shares it with her friends and family, no matter how many there are! This rhythmic, rhyming reader clearly demonstrates the concept of fractions in a bouncy and sweet--and savory--way!
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Overview

Mary Clare loves to share. If there's food around, Mary Clare fairly divides it up and shares it with her friends and family, no matter how many there are! This rhythmic, rhyming reader clearly demonstrates the concept of fractions in a bouncy and sweet--and savory--way!
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The premise of sharing is a way of introducing fractions in the Level 2 math reader, which is part of the "Step Into Reading" series. It starts with a simple concept—cutting a pear in half to share with Mary Clare's friend Lee. It gets increasingly more difficult as more of her friends join the scene and different items—mainly food—are divided into thirds, quarters, fifths, etc. The text has a rhythm to it and the pictures clearly show the segments so kids can easily count them. A cookie broken into four parts is "One-fourth…just one bite!" The best part is at the end when nine friends join Mary Clare to help celebrate her birthday. The introductory pages contain notes to parents and an explanation of the various levels in the series.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1-This easy-to-read rhyming story introduces the concept of fractions as a girl shares snacks with her family and friends. Mary Clare splits a pear in half for her and her brother, a muffin in thirds for her classmates, and a pizza cut into eight slices. Each time, a different food is divvied up in a different location. Readers see the whole, then the parts, and then the "re-wording" into "One-third for you and you and me!," and so on. The story ends with Mary Clare inviting her friends to share in her birthday celebration. The clear, attractive artwork is a big plus in this simple but useful title that highlights fractions, friendship, and sharing.-Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1
This easy-to-read rhyming story introduces the concept of fractions as a girl shares snacks with her family and friends. Mary Clare splits a pear in half for her and her brother, a muffin in thirds for her classmates, and a pizza cut into eight slices. Each time, a different food is divvied up in a different location. Readers see the whole, then the parts, and then the "re-wording" into "One-third for you and you and me!," and so on. The story ends with Mary Clare inviting her friends to share in her birthday celebration. The clear, attractive artwork is a big plus in this simple but useful title that highlights fractions, friendship, and sharing.
—Susan LissimCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Mary Clare (who has red hair) is a kind little girl who is the soul of generosity. As a structure for introducing the concept of fractions, she shares various food treats with her friends and family. The simple, rhyming text proceeds in logical numerical progression, from one pear divided into two halves, through a muffin divided into thirds, on up to Mary Clare's birthday cake divided into ten slices. An additional math concept that is cleverly and clearly conveyed shows that Mary Clare must count herself in the number of slices or pieces needed (for example, five cousins arrive for a visit, so the total is now six children and each will get one-sixth of an orange). What could be a boring and didactic exercise in fractional story problems is instead a witty easy reader, combining breezy rhymes with cheerful illustrations of children of many different ethnicities. (Easy reader. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375834219
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/24/2006
  • Series: Step into Reading Book Series: A Step 2 Book
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 382,367
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Joy Hulme
JOY N.HULME has 1 +2 +2 +3 +3 +5 +5 +8 +13 children, grand-children, and great-grandchildren. For years, teachers everywhere have praised her math books. Joy lives in Monte Sereno, California.
CAROL SCHWARTZ has received many honors for her illustrations. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two children.
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