# Polly's Pen Pal: Metric System (MathStart 3 Series)

Polly's pen pal, Ally, is 125 centimeters tall, weighs 25 kilograms, and lives 450 kilometers away — and Polly is determined to find a way to visit her! A story of long-distance friendship introduces basic metric measurements to children.

## Overview

Polly's pen pal, Ally, is 125 centimeters tall, weighs 25 kilograms, and lives 450 kilometers away — and Polly is determined to find a way to visit her! A story of long-distance friendship introduces basic metric measurements to children.

## Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Polly has a pen pal in Canada. As she begins sending emails to her friend in Montreal, she discovers both the fun of making a friend in a nearby but still foreign country, as well as the metric system. Her father continually gives her a simple way to remember the approximate size of particular weights and measures, like a centimeter (the width of his little finger) or a meter (the length of a baseball bat). So Polly is able to tell her new friend that she is about 125 centimeters tall and weights about 25 kilograms. Polly even has a chance to travel to Montreal on a business trip with her dad and follow the directions to her pen pal's house. The story is simple but plausible, with plenty of natural opportunities to learn about the metric system. The comic strip-style illustrations complement the storyline. Polly's Pen Pal is part of Stuart Murphy's "MathStart" series, a very-thorough, leveled series of math picture books covering everything from patterns and sizes to symmetry, bar graphs and money. 2005, HarperCollins, Ages 3 to 7.
—Karen Leggett
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:
9780060531706
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2005
Series:
MathStart 3 Series
Edition description:
Level 3
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
254,399
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.

Rémy Simard has two hands. With one hand, he has written several children's books, including My Dog Is An Elephant. With the other, he draws little things like cars, rockets, and stars. Captain Invincible And The Space Shapes is his first book to be published in the United States. He lives in Montreal, Canada.

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