My Full Moon is Square

The moon changes phases, of this, we’re aware; but who ever heard of a full moon that’s square?
It appears at the pond on the darkest of nights, when the bright little fireflies turn on their lights.

It’s hard to read after dark, and a frog at the local pond is having just that problem. Realizing the frog’s dilemma, a number of bright

Overview

The moon changes phases, of this, we’re aware; but who ever heard of a full moon that’s square?
It appears at the pond on the darkest of nights, when the bright little fireflies turn on their lights.

It’s hard to read after dark, and a frog at the local pond is having just that problem. Realizing the frog’s dilemma, a number of bright fireflies offer to help by illuminating the sky above him with both derring-do and a knack for mathematical precision. Through a series of square formations, the flies tirelessly search for the right equation to light the pond on a moonless night. Children will learn with ease from this creative tale about the power of co-operation and simple math.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Pinczes pulls off another neat math trick using numbers...elegantly conveyed, with appealing rhyme and characters to match. Talent squared." Kirkus Reviews

"Pinczes successfully presents a basic math concept with clarity." School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly
Elinor J. Pinczes and Randall Enos (Inchworm and a Half) also add another mathematically inspired title to the equation with My Full Moon Is Square. Here, fireflies band together to form a froggy nightlight so the fellow can read: "Their total of four was the smallest of squares./ `How kind,' said the frog to the two daring pairs". Enos's linocuts of the ever-growing luminous square adds comedy to the pondlife scenes.
Children's Literature
Bullfrog reads aloud at night, while fireflies secretly listen nearby. One night a haze blocks the moonlight and bullfrog can't read. Brave fireflies appear and make a square of light above frog's head so he can continue reading aloud to all of them. This two-page spread reads—"Oh, where is my moon? the unhappy frog cried as he closed his book firmly, and placed it aside. A brave group of flies, with their taillights aglow, agreed they should help the poor bullfrog below." The rhymed text teaches simple math concepts of numbers in a square as more fireflies join to create a light bright enough for frog to read "Blue Kangaroo." The colorful linocut illustrations are childlike and charming. The underlying message is that by cooperating everyone benefits. Primary teachers could use this picture book as a jumping off point to create their own classroom math books using numbers to create shapes; for example, how many children it would take to create different sized triangles? 2002, Houghton Mifflin,
— Wendy Pollock-Gilson
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-A bullfrog who lives at Peekaboo Pond has just finished a Learn-to-Read course. He has been practicing aloud each evening by moonlight, much to the delight of some fireflies, who listen from a safe distance. When the moon is obscured by clouds, the fireflies provide the necessary illumination by lining up in a series of squares (hence the title) until they reach the proper intensity, starting with two squares and working their way up to 10 squares or 100 lights. Pinczes successfully presents a basic math concept with clarity. However, the rhyme scheme is often jerky and Enos's linocuts feature unappealing, murky greens and browns. While this title may be serviceable for teachers wishing to introduce this particular concept, it is unlikely to attract an independent audience.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618154890
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Edition description:
None
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Elinor Pinczes and Randall Enos have collaborated together on another book for children, My Full Moon Is Square. Ms. Pinczes is the author of several other books for young readers. She lives with her husband in Bozeman, Montana. Mr. Enos’s illustrations have appeared in books, magazines, and newspapers for more than forty-five years. He lives in Easton, Connecticut, with his wife.

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