This book introduces readers to simple measurement techniques.
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane HungBasic mathematical concepts of measuring are introduced in this book from the "Math Around Us" series. Steffora presents comparing temperature, volume, length, and mass; nonstandard and standard measurements are not a part of this book. Items in the garden are compared for height, length, and weight; color photographs support the comparisons. For instance, earthworms are compared in terms of length. Another example is less effective; the idea of water lilies needing more water and cacti needing less water is abstract and poorly conveyed, because the photograph doesn't support the water needs of a cactus plant. Labels point out some of the items (e.g., soil, beans, lettuce) in the picture. The only measuring tool shown in the collection of photographs is a thermometer. One chapter is about the locations of gardens rather than measuring within them. The text may appear to be simple, but there is vocabulary involved to make comparisons in the context of gardening. There are some suggestions for parents and teachers about supporting children's understanding about measurement, although one idea is more about the importance of plants than measurement. Children will need hands-on activities and experiences to build on the concepts of measurement. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
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