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Multiplying Menace: The Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin [NOOK Book]

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A ribbiting math adventure! After being banished to the Abyss of Zero in MULTIPLYING MENACE: THE REVENGE OF RUMPELSTILTSKIN, Rumpelstiltskin is back, and he’s stirring up more trouble than ever. Together with his sidekick, a witch named Matilda, Rumpelstiltskin plots his revenge on Peter and uses his magical powers to divide the kingdom into frogs. Peter and his dog, Zero, must locate the Great Multiplier and find a solution that will break the Great Divide before Rumpelstiltskin has a chance to combine the two ...
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A ribbiting math adventure! After being banished to the Abyss of Zero in MULTIPLYING MENACE: THE REVENGE OF RUMPELSTILTSKIN, Rumpelstiltskin is back, and he’s stirring up more trouble than ever. Together with his sidekick, a witch named Matilda, Rumpelstiltskin plots his revenge on Peter and uses his magical powers to divide the kingdom into frogs. Peter and his dog, Zero, must locate the Great Multiplier and find a solution that will break the Great Divide before Rumpelstiltskin has a chance to combine the two mighty math sticks. Can Peter once again save the kingdom in time, or will it meet a green and warty fate? Young readers will fall in love with this math adventure and learn all about dividing by whole numbers and fractions, as well as division rules for equations involving zero. Beautifully rendered illustrations will grab readers’ attention as they learn basic math skills in a fun and inventive way. Back matter includes a summary of the basics of division.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—While this sequel to The Multiplying Menace: The Revenge of Rumplestiltskin (Charlesbridge, 2006) can stand on its own, numerous references to the previous title may occasionally prove confusing. In this book, young Prince Peter notices peculiar things as he searches for his dog, Zero. Five out of 10 cows in a field have been turned into frogs, 2 out of 8 children are now also frogs, etc. Peter arrives at the palace to find his own father in a similar state. Although he fears that his old enemy, Rumpelstiltskin, is at work, his mother believes that Matilda the witch is responsible. Peter tracks her to a cave in the swamp to find that she is in league with Rumpelstiltskin, who now possesses a magic dividing stick. As the story progresses, facts about how division works are woven into the plot, as well as what happens when one divides by fractions. Children already familiar with these concepts will grasp what's going on, but those who have not yet been introduced to them will not be enlightened. Geehan's painterly illustrations, done in acrylic and pen-and-ink, are dominated by a rather murky green, but do add flashes of humor. This book may be useful for teachers wishing to introduce the math concept, but it is unlikely to attract those looking for a good story.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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Gr 3-6-It's been 10 years since the queen defeated Rumpelstiltskin by speaking his name, but now he's back to demand repayment for all of the gold he spun for her so many years ago. If she does not oblige, he threatens to increase the pest population and make the kingdom's livestock and other assets disappear by multiplying with fractions. Rumpelstiltskin multiplies the king's nose by six and vows to do the same for the entire royal court, unless Peter, the queen's 10-year-old son, agrees to go with him to work off the debt. It's up to the young prince to take possession of the man's magical multiplying stick and learn how to use it in order to restore normalcy to the kingdom. Calvert has created an interesting vehicle for teaching children about the differences between multiplying with whole numbers and multiplying with fractions. While obviously an educational product, her presentation is creative. Unfortunately, the audience for this book is fairly specific, and, as such, is limited. Children who have not been exposed to these concepts will likely be confused by the math component of the story. In some areas, multiplication of fractions is not taught until the last years of elementary school, but the book's format is unlikely to appeal to them. It's unfortunate, because Calvert has written an enjoyable teaching tool, and Geehan's luminous and expressive paintings are perfect for this fairy-tale world.-Carol L. MacKay, Camrose Public Library, Alberta, Canada Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607342755
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Series: Math Adventures Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Sales rank: 397,852
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
  • File size: 28 MB
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Meet the Author

Pam Calvert, a former schoolteacher, is the author of MULTIPLYING MENACE: THE REVENGE OF RUMPELSTILTSKIN and PRINCESS PEEPERS. She lives in South Texas.
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    I had to teach a math lesson (5th grade) and include a trade book with it. Great book.

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