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Posted October 10, 2011
Do you like to watch and maybe even catch butterflies? Both Rose, with her Butterfly Field Guide for Young Explorers book, and Ed, with his trusty butterfly net, do, and they decide to go on a butterfly hunt. On the first day, Ed catches ten, but Rose doesn't have much fun because she catches none. By the sixth day, Rose is feeling a little better because they each find five apiece. On their last day out, poor Ed nets none, but Rose gets ten. They shout, "How many in all? Let's add them again!" Of course, they always release all their butterflies. Can you figure out how many the two youngsters totaled? And who will win the contest?
The cross-curricular content of this book, with author Barbara Mariconda's rhyming text and illustrator Sherry Rogers's colorful pictures, makes it a great learning tool that is also fun to read. Not only are students reminded of the x + y = 10 addition facts, but each opening contains a fascinating sidebar factoid about butterflies. Some of the different kinds of butterflies pictured and discussed include fiery skippers, monarchs, question marks, red-spotted purples, and black swallowtails. The "For Creative Minds" section in the back has two pages related to numbers and patterns, and two pages about butterflies with information about their body parts, a life cycle sequencing activity, and thought questions about how butterflies are alike and different. There are more free activities for parents and teachers online at the publisher's website. Ten For Me will be a great hit with all butterfly lovers.
Posted August 15, 2011
Ah, the world of mathematics. Yes, this is - again - not a world that is easily embraced in school by any child or parent. The creativity of mathematics does not shine through very easily, but with the lovely words of Barbara Mariconda and the incredibly bright, colorful, and funny illustrations done by Sherry Rogers, math may just make a come-back and move up the ladder with children as far as popularity is concerned. This author is an award-winner, as well as being a K-6 educator, mentor teacher, and an adjunct professor of Children's Literature and Process Writing. It will come as no surprise to parents once they read this magnificent book with their children, that this author has written a wealth of musicals, songs and novels for teachers, and loves to speak on the topic of creative writing for children. In Ten For Me, readers get to follow a 'best friend' duo, Ed and Rose, as they go off on butterfly hunts in order to see which one can catch the biggest number of the remarkably beautiful creatures. Ed begins to have the luck of his life as his numbers go sky high, while poor Rose can't seem to get any of the beauties to come into her jar. However, as Rose begins to learn the "secret" about what makes the butterflies WANT to fly closer, her jar soon begins to fill up and the competition between the best friends is on! The illustrations are lovely, as Ed and Rose battle it out to see who will become the butterfly catcher extraordinaire! And the laughs make a perfect combination with this truly artful way of teaching mathematics. Quill Says: Fun, entertaining, and truly educational. Parents and children will both get an absolute kick out of it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.