Probably Pistachio: Probability (MathStart 2 Series)

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Nothing goes right for Jack all day long. He can't find his favorite sneakers, he spills milk on his math homework, and worst of all, he gets tuna fish for lunch. Will things ever get better?

Readers will learn how to tell when something is certain, more likely, less likely, or impossible as Jack keeps hoping his streak of bad luck will break. Maybe, just maybe, pistachio ice cream for dessert will do the trick. But will it happen? Considering ...

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Overview

Nothing goes right for Jack all day long. He can't find his favorite sneakers, he spills milk on his math homework, and worst of all, he gets tuna fish for lunch. Will things ever get better?

Readers will learn how to tell when something is certain, more likely, less likely, or impossible as Jack keeps hoping his streak of bad luck will break. Maybe, just maybe, pistachio ice cream for dessert will do the trick. But will it happen? Considering how Jack's day has been going, PROBABLY NOT!

Readers are introduced to the concept of probability in a story about a boy who has a day in which nothing goes right.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This book adds appeal where it really counts—math skills. It is from the popular series, "MathStart," which incorporates abstract math concepts into everyday events. Here, what appears to be a decidedly difficult day for young Jack is a delight for eager new readers, with a likely possibility of helping them practice story prediction and math probability skills. The plot follows Jack, a primary student, from breakfast, along his school day and through to dessert after dinner. At each new activity, Jack accesses the chances of having his day improve, guessing what the outcomes of each activity will be. Jack who has a high likelihood of having a rotten day does not correctly predict his lunch, his practice team, his snack or his dinner. But mom shows up with one hundred percent predictability of being wonderful with her choice of ice cream. Appealing illustrations, suggested games and parent/teacher ideas for continued practice make this an excellent pick. It most likely will please many kids, some days... probably. 2001, HarperCollins, $15.95, $15.89 and $4.95. Ages 6 up. Reviewer: Deborah Zink Roffino
School Library Journal
Gr 1-2-Jack is having a bad day. Everything goes wrong, from his alarm clock not going off in the morning to his futile hopes of pizza for dinner. The word "probably" is used several times, along with related possibilities, like "usually" and "sometimes." Even though the coach "nearly always" chooses teams a certain way, today he changes his method, and Jack and his friend are separated. With an "even chance" that Mom brought home his favorite ice cream, she pulls out his sister's favorite (but she also had his favorite in the bag). The cartoon illustrations extend the narrative, showing some activities not mentioned in the text, such as Jack spilling milk on his homework. Characters react to the action in dialogue balloons, and the protagonist's thought processes are shown as well. Winborn's characters have excellent facial expressions and Jack's dog has a personality of its own. While Judith Viorst gave readers the classic version of a truly bad day with Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Atheneum, 1972), Murphy uses it to illustrate probability instead.-Sharon R. Pearce, Geronimo Public School, OK Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064467346
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Series: MathStart 2 Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 203,697
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 280L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.81 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.00 (d)

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.

Marsha Winborn, illustrator of A Valentine for Norman Noggs, has also illustrated Grandma's Cat and the Digby and Kate series. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Marsha Winborn es ilustradora de varios libros para lectores jóvenes, incluyendo A Valentine for Norman Noggs, por Valiska Gregory, Pepper's Journal y Probably Pistachio por Stuart J. Murphy, y Eggnapped!, por Marisa Montes.

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