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# More or Less: Comparing Numbers (MathStart 2 Series)

Is your age more than 5?
Is it less than 10?

Eddie's got to guess. And he doesn't want to be wrong!

Eddie has a booth at the school fair, guessing people's ages. He hasn't guessed wrong yet, but if he does, he gets dunked. Can Eddie keep guessing right -- and keep from getting wet?

Comparing whole numbers and understanding what's more and what's less are a

## Overview

Is your age more than 5?
Is it less than 10?

Eddie's got to guess. And he doesn't want to be wrong!

Eddie has a booth at the school fair, guessing people's ages. He hasn't guessed wrong yet, but if he does, he gets dunked. Can Eddie keep guessing right -- and keep from getting wet?

Comparing whole numbers and understanding what's more and what's less are a big part of Eddie's strategy, and an important math skill for young readers to learn.

## Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Mr. Shaw, Bayside School's principal, is retiring. A big carnival picnic has been planned in his honor. And one of the more popular game booths is Dunk Eddie. Is your age more or less? Let Eddie guess your age, and if he misses he gets dunked! Eddie's classmate, Clara, tries her luck but Eddie guesses her age. Other picnic participants test Eddie's math skills, but Eddie is just too good at counting and guessing their age. Clara, however, has a secret weapon. And the final surprise is who gets to dunk Eddie! Young readers will enjoy this rollicking, guessing math game that counts and compares whole numbers. Students will learn how much fun it is to guess and count whole numbers, even at a picnic. Parents will enjoy reading this story with their child(ren) as they practice counting numbers up and counting numbers down. In the For Adults and Kids section at the back of the book, there are various activities involving parents and their young reader(s) to demonstrate that math can be fun! 2005, HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 6 to 8.
—Lisa P. Hill
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-In Time, a simple text and colorful cartoon artwork show a child as he goes through a typical day, with activities listed for each hour. Times are presented on both a digital and round-faced clock. Unfortunately, the digital numbers are in yellow on a purple background, making them hard to read. Also, although the narrative mentions "time to learn" or "quiet time," the exact hour (e.g., five o'clock) is never written out in the text. Claire Llewellyn's My First Book of Time (DK, 1992) and Eve Merriam's Train Leaves the Station (Holt, 1994) are better choices on this topic. More or Less uses a carnival game to demonstrate comparing numbers. During a school picnic, Eddie, a math whiz, guesses people's ages by asking them if they are older or younger than a certain number. If it takes him more than six questions, he gets dunked. He is fairly successful until the principal steps up. This engaging tale, illustrated with lighthearted watercolors, will inspire children to re-create Eddie's game and might lead to a new interest in math. In the third book, Polly has an e-mail pen pal in Montreal. As Ally uses metrics to discuss height, weight, and distances, Polly learns what they mean. No comparisons to English measurements are made but the metric measurements are likened to common objects that kids will recognize. This title features colorful but simplistic computer-generated cartoons.-Erlene Bishop Killeen, Fox Prairie Elementary School, Stoughton, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

## Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060531676
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2005
Series:
MathStart 2 Series
Edition description:
Level 2
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
166,031
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.00(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

## 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.

David Wenzel has illustrated Middle Earth:The World of Tolkien Illustrated, The Kingdom of the Dwarfs, and created the Hidden Kingdom line of greeting cards. He lives in Durham, CT.

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