My Half Day (NOOK Comic with Zoom View)by Doris Fisher
The wacky fun continues as a young boy awakens to find a half-head of hair. After chugging down his glass of milk that’s two-thirds gooey paste, he and his friend are off to camp for a day of fraction fun and an out-of-this world soccer game. The first two books in the series, One Odd Day and My Even Day, won a Learning Magazine’s 2008 Teachers’ Choice Award for Children’s Books. As with the series’ other books, the imaginative illustrations are sure to please young readers as they scour the pages for countless oddities hidden in the art! The “For Creative Minds” learning section includes “Fractions Around Us” and “A Special Pizza” Party activities.
Meet the Author
Doris Fisher (Happy Birthday to Whooo?, My Half Day, One Odd Day, and My Even Day) loves writing in verse. She has written a biography, Kelly Clarkson, and a six book series, Grammar All-Stars: The Parts of Speech for Gareth Stevens. Doris is a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Her children’s writing includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, word puzzles and mazes. She has been published in various children’s magazines including Babybug, Highlights for Children, and Wee Ones Magazine. Doris and her husband live in the Houston, Texas area. They have two grown children.
Dani Sneed (One Odd Day, My Even Day and My Half Day) is a mother of three, full-time engineer, part-time writer and former substitute teacher. While teaching, Dani enjoyed explaining math in silly, but memorable, ways. Oddly enough, she was inspired to co-author One Odd Day based on a conversation she had with an elementary school librarian. My Even Day is a natural follow on to that quite odd book and there may even be a fraction of a book in the future! Dani has written several articles for Highlights for Children and five merit badge books for Boy Scouts of America including Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Geology, and is working on more. She has two co-authored bilingual books; Confetti Eggs / Cascarones and Punched Paper / Papel Picado. Dani lives in the suburbs of Houston with her family which includes a dog, Muffin and a cat, Cupcake. They are currently looking for a pet to name Biscuit.
Karen Lee has quite a humorous imagination, and it shows in her illustrations for One Odd Day, My Even Day and My Half Day. These books are full of odd (and even) hidden items that children will love to find. Karen has also written and illustrated ABC Safari. Each of her illustrations begins with thoughtful design and drawing. The paintings are finished with watercolor on illustration board. Karen majored in illustration at the Columbus (OH) College of Art and Design. She began her career as a storyboard artist and editorial illustrator but it wasn't until she had children of her own that she discovered her true artistic passion: children’s illustration. Karen's ABC Safari was the runner up for the 2005 SCBWI Don Freeman Grant. She is also the recipient of the 2004 SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for Illustration for her wok in Highlights For Children. She and her husband, also an illustrator, are raising their family outside of Raleigh, NC. Karen’s children join her on many research trips to museums, zoos and aquariums–a tough job, but someone has to do it!
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From the team who created One Odd Day and My Even Day comes another math-related book called My Half Day, which brings fractions alive with lively verse and spirited illustrations. My Half Day features the same young boy who this time wakes up in a world of fabulous fractions. His head is half-shaved, his breakfast milk is two-thirds gooey paste, and he heads out to Camp Fraction where he finds four-fifths of the counselors roller-skating by. This picture book features playful rhyming verses that capture interest and entertain as they expose young readers to fraction concepts. At camp, the kids play soccer with a team of friendly and funny aliens. "The outer-space team looked both stunned and agog, as we squeezed 'round a campfire on THREE-TENTHS of a log. We roasted Mars-mallows and at Saturn-s'mores. A rocket ship landed and opened its doors." Like One Odd Day and My Even Day, Karen Lee creates alluring illustrations that draw in readers and spur them to seek out many fractions and silly sights hidden on each page. The canny facet of Lee's buried treasures within each picture encourages readers to spend additional time scouring each page, all the while hopefully engaged in valuable conversation about fractions. This book is classified in the four- to eight-year-old (pre-K to third grade) interest levels; however these grade levels do not restrain the mathematical concepts in My Half Day. Young children are exposed to the more complicated fractions (such as four-ninths and two-sevenths) typically reserved for the upper grade levels. On one hand, this exposure will have young children contemplating and mentally manipulating complicated fraction concepts in very impressive ways. But on the other hand, the authors have not fully integrated the core concept for this age group to understand that fractions are a part of a whole. For example, as the campers and aliens sit on three-tenths of a log, the illustration doesn't expressly demonstrate the concept that if the log was divided into tenths, the characters would only be sitting on three parts of it. As with other Sylvan Dell books, the learning experiences expand well beyond the story. In the back of the book, the "For Creative Minds" educational section includes real world applications of fractions as well as activities with learning questions to expand the readers' understanding of fractions with hands-on experimentation. There is also a simple, colorful worksheet prompting readers to match the fraction and corresponding decimal to the pictures. The learning opportunities continue at the publisher's website, which provides pre- and post-reading comprehension questions, an online quiz and well-crafted learning activities in most of the learning strands. All these exceptional extras make My Half Day an educational dream for teachers, parents and homeschooling families! Quill says: This book exposes young children to the world of fractions in a fun way that expands to learning beyond the page.