Sir Cumference and All the King's Tens

Sir Cumference and All the King's Tens

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by Cindy Neuschwander, Wayne Geehan
     
 

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A clever introduction to place value.

Sir Cumference and Lady Di planned a surprise birthday party for King Arthur, but they didn’t expect so many guests to show up. How many lunches will they need? And with more guests arriving by the minute, what about dinner? Sir Cumference and Lady Di have to figure out a quick way to count the guests to bring order to

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A clever introduction to place value.

Sir Cumference and Lady Di planned a surprise birthday party for King Arthur, but they didn’t expect so many guests to show up. How many lunches will they need? And with more guests arriving by the minute, what about dinner? Sir Cumference and Lady Di have to figure out a quick way to count the guests to bring order to the party.

Sir Cumference and his friends have been entertaining young and old alike for years as they introduce important math concepts with clarity and humor.

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Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Having noticed that King Arthur seemed a bit gloomy the last time they saw him, Lady Di of Ameter and her husband Sir Cumference decide to throw a surprise birthday party in his honor. They invite "people from the entire countryside" to the celebration, and soon their castle is bursting! Still, as the big day approaches, more people keep coming. So many guests arrive, in fact, that it is difficult to know exactly how many there are. They try having the people form small groups, with limited success. Then, they try having the groups form lines. Finally, they limit the number of people in each line and have them group themselves in batches of tens—and even hundreds. (This is one heck of a party!) Finally, the king arrives. The celebrants' dance brings a smile to his face, and soon everyone is digging into the cake. Will there be enough when a group arrives from the city of Addingmore? Neuschwander's amusing tale is an appealing way to explain the concept of place value to elementary students. Geehan's illustrations are witty and add appropriate detail to the story—the cook's expressions, in particular, are not to be missed. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
Gr 1–4—Sir Cumference and his wife, Lady Di, are back in another math adventure. As the hosts of a surprise birthday party for King Arthur, the couple needs to organize a growing number of guests for events to run smoothly. After several fumbling attempts to count the crowd, Sir Cumference realizes that the simplest way to figure out the total is to group the guests into tens, hundreds, and ultimately thousands. This system allows the royal celebration to take place without a hitch, resulting in a happy ending for all. Children will enjoy the lesson built into this tale and identify with the birthday-party theme. While the story can be enjoyed independently, most youngsters would benefit from sharing the book with an adult to fully understand the place value system. The math concept is explained in more detail in an author's note. The painterly acrylic illustrations convey the action with humorous exaggeration and amusing details (the depiction of a farmer and his wife is reminiscent of Grand Wood's American Gothic). Libraries in which this series is popular will want to consider purchasing this title.—Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570917288
Publisher:
Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
07/28/2009
Series:
Sir Cumference Math Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
161,096
Product dimensions:
8.66(w) x 7.68(h) x 0.12(d)
Lexile:
AD720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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