A Place for Zero: A Math Adventure

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Zero is lonely in Digitaria. He can't play Addemup with the other numbers, because he has nothing to add. What's a digit to do? Join Zero as he goes on a journey to discover his place.

As Zero searches to find his place, he learns of his additive and multiplicative identities, and then he establishes place value.

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Zero is lonely in Digitaria. He can't play Addemup with the other numbers, because he has nothing to add. What's a digit to do? Join Zero as he goes on a journey to discover his place.

As Zero searches to find his place, he learns of his additive and multiplicative identities, and then he establishes place value.

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Children's Literature
LoPresti plays with words as well as number concepts as she take us into the land of Digitaria, ruled by King Multiplus and Queen Addeleine, where "every number knows its place." But Count Infinity, who formed the strange new digit Zero, doesn't know what to do with it, for it "meant nothing." Zero does work with the Count's Numberator machine, only to discover that adding himself doesn't change a number. But it is when he goes to the king and asks to be multiplied that really interesting results occur: more zeros and then combinations from 10 on up. Not only does Zero find his place, but he can finally play the game of Addemup with the other numbers. Hornung's light-hearted colored illustrations add arms, legs, and eyes to the numbers and place them in simple, double-page scenes. They graphically describe the interrelationships mentioned in the text. Zero can be a more complicated concept than its "nothing-ness" suggests; for its simple function in the decimal system these animated visuals are a clever introduction. Liberal sprinklings of humor can make arithmetic more enticing. 2003, Charlesbridge,
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz <%ISBN%>1570916020
School Library Journal
Gr 2-3-This story about sad Zero, who "felt he had no place among the other digits," falls between the cracks in terms of finding an audience. In his search for meaning, he meets Count Infinity, King Multiplus, and Queen Addeleine. The lively, colorful cartoons of legged numbers would appeal to preschoolers or kindergartners, but the vocabulary, concepts, and puns ("Absolute nine-sense. It's two much!") are beyond their understanding. There are also a few confusing lessons, such as Zero's explanation that "When I stand in this place, next to my friend 1, as a zero I can represent zero 1s. But he now represents 9 + 1." Given the art, it's unfortunate that the author didn't stick with beginner-level math instead of proceeding to tackle multiplication and place values. As it stands, most readers will either be confused or feel patronized. Stick with Alexandra Wright's Alice in Pastaland (1997) or Cindy Neuschwander's "Sir Cumference" series (both Charlesbridge) for your math-story needs.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570911965
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Series: Math Adventures Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 155,237
  • Age range: 6 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: AD660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

A native New Yorker, Angeline Sparagna LoPresti taught math to second through eighth graders for twenty-five years. Prior to her teaching career, she was a medical research assistant at the Department of Bacteriology at Cornell University Medical School. Now retired, Mrs. LoPresti occupies her leisure time with indoor gardening, reading, cooking, and photography.

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