Missing Mittens: Odd and Even Numbers (MathStart 1 Series)


Missing Mittens

Every animal on Farmer Bill's farm is missing one mitten. Readers can investigate odd and even numbers as they unravel this mitten mystery!

As a farmer tries to find the correct number of mittens for his various farmyard animals, the reader is introduced to odd and even numbers.

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Missing Mittens

Every animal on Farmer Bill's farm is missing one mitten. Readers can investigate odd and even numbers as they unravel this mitten mystery!

As a farmer tries to find the correct number of mittens for his various farmyard animals, the reader is introduced to odd and even numbers.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This is the latest book in the "MathStart" series of math concept books, all written by this talented author. In this attractive picture book, dealing with the concept of odd and even numbers at level 1, snow is in the air. Dressing for the cold day, Farmer Bill is surprised to discover that he can find only one mitten. A chart labeled odd and even shows the outline of the missing member of the pair. The plot thickens. There are only three mittens to keep his cow's udder warm. Again a chart shows the missing mitten needed to make the even set. Three chickens each have one missing mitten. Clearly five is odd and one more is needed to make an even six. Two horses require eight mittens, but there are only seven to be found. Just in time, Farmer Bill catches the mitten thief. It is the goat. This story will amuse young readers as well as teach them. Two pages suggest activities through which adults and kids can explore the odd/even concept together. 2001, HarperCollins Publishers, $15.95, $15.89 and $4.95. Ages 3 to 6. Reviewer: Margarette Reid
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1-This appealing addition to the series introduces odd and even numbers. When Farmer Bill dresses for outdoor chores on a snowy day, he discovers that he is short one mitten, and "One mitten's not a pair." Proceeding with his work, the farmer soon learns that his cow has the same dilemma. "They looked for her four mittens,/but there were only three." Predictably, the situation escalates. His three chickens have only five, and his two horses have only seven. Finally, Farmer Bill and his animal entourage spot the cause of their problem; it's a mitten-chewing goat. Artfully enhanced by Karas's amusing illustrations, the rhyming text bounces along smoothly. With spectacles perched on the tip of his nose, Farmer Brown wears a comically perplexed look on his face. Colorful borders and warm background colors provide a nice balance to the snowy scenes. Charts help to show the difference between the number of mittens found (odd) and the number needed (even). As in other entries in the series, suggestions for additional activities to extend the math concept are included. This well-executed title works well with or without the math; use it to clarify a concept or read it aloud as an enjoyable winter romp.-Alicia Eames, New York City Public Schools Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064467339
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Series: MathStart 1 Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 364,315
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 7.22 (h) x 0.18 (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.

G. Brian Karas has written and illustrated several award-winning children's books, including On Earth and Home on the Bayou: A Cowboy's Story, a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book. The picture books he has illustrated include Are You Going to Be Good?, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book written by Cari Best. Mr. Karas lives in Rhinebeck, New York.

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  • Posted February 26, 2010

    Great book, great series.

    This was the first MathStart book that we purchased; it immediately sent me looking for more. Both of our children loved this book's storyline and illustrations. I actually enjoyed the book too. A great way to introduce often difficult concepts to young kids.

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