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The Greatest Gymnast of All: Opposites (MathStart 1 Series)

The Greatest Gymnast of All: Opposites (MathStart 1 Series)

by Stuart J. Murphy, Cynthia Jabar (Illustrator)

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Zoe zips and zooms around the gym. She's on and off the mats, over and under the bar! She's the greatest—in gymnastics and at demonstrating opposites.


Zoe zips and zooms around the gym. She's on and off the mats, over and under the bar! She's the greatest—in gymnastics and at demonstrating opposites.

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Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
This is a Level 1 book in the "MathStart" series, and the focus is on opposites. Zipping, zooming Zoe is a young gymnast who brags about being "the greatest gymnast of all." She cartwheels on and off the mat, swings up and down, and her jumps are long and short. Zoe is over and under the hoop and she is inside and outside the hoop. She rolls forward and backward and jumps high and low. Just as in a young child's daydream, Zoe is awarded four blue ribbons to pin on her jacket as well as a gold cup. Her triumph is headlined in the newspaper. The illustrations are colorful and appealing and the text is fun to read. There are suggestions for adults and kids in the back of the book. Several involve how to encourage a child while reading the book together and others give ideas for working with math concepts in a playful way.
Kirkus Reviews
In Jabar's smudgy, action-filled illustrations for this MathStart entry, Zoe is a charming, freckled "greatest gymnast of them all"þin her own wordsþand demonstrates her expertise while introducing opposites: over, under, high, low, backward, forward, up, down, inside, outside, near, far. She tumbles across the mat, along the balance beam, and around the high bar. Adults looking on will have to hope that this is all in Zoe's imagination, for she performs without spotters; more importantly, Murphy (Lemonade for Sale, 1998, etc.) never links the idea of opposites to math. An exuberant concept book on its own, it may confuse those looking for math-oriented enlightenment. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
MathStart 1 Series
Edition description:
1 ED
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Product dimensions:
9.81(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.09(d)
110L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 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.

Cynthia Jabar lives on a small island off the coast of Maine where she loves to paint, to kayak, and to illustrate books for children. Other books she's illustrated include The Greatest Gymnast of All by Stuart J. Murphy and Mommies are for Counting Stars by Harriet Ziefert. She doesn't love washing her car or the dishes!

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