Overview

Toby wants to know how far it is to the end of the universe. His father likes astronomy and he is showing Toby and his friends the moon and the stars. When Toby finds out that there is only infinity, he wants to find the answer to the question that his parents cannot answer. And to do this he must get to infinity, by counting. But he needs help along the way -- his friends, his parents and his teachers.
This new story about Toby shows how everyone in school and home has a ...
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Toby Shoots for Infinity

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Overview

Toby wants to know how far it is to the end of the universe. His father likes astronomy and he is showing Toby and his friends the moon and the stars. When Toby finds out that there is only infinity, he wants to find the answer to the question that his parents cannot answer. And to do this he must get to infinity, by counting. But he needs help along the way -- his friends, his parents and his teachers.
This new story about Toby shows how everyone in school and home has a different approach to questions that have no definite answer.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
Toby wants to understand exactly how much infinity is, so he asks his father about it; then he asks his mother. When he gets no satisfactory answers from either of them, he tries to figure it out with his school friends. Finally, Mr. Currie, the principal, provides an answer that satisfies. This short novel has the look and feel of a beginning chapter book but has very little plot and an odd set of vocabulary for a "first novel." In the early part of the book, Toby describes himself as "flummoxed;" many readers will never have heard of this word. It is an odd word to use when "confused" would do just as nicely. Since this book is a translation, one wonders if some of the humor and context became lost. The illustrations might serve well for a reader that has already been reading chapter books for some time. Nevertheless, for a beginning chapter book reader, more color and more warmth would help infuse the story with needed humor. If a reader wants a beginning chapter book, Junie B. Jones, Nate the Great or James Howe's Bunnicula books would provide more humor, easier-to-understand vocabulary, and have more interest.
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"...would be a great crossover curricular story to include in a math/reading program."
CM Magazine
"...would be a great crossover curricular story to include in a math/reading program."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459500037
  • Publisher: Formac Publishing Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/27/2011
  • Series: Formac First Novels , #55
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 1
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

JEAN LEMIEUX is a doctor, as well as an author of many popular and award-winning children's books. After working for many years on the Magdalen Islands, he now resides in Quebec.
SOPHIE CASSON is a graphic designer, specialising in illustration. She lived for many years in Africa, but more recently in Montreal.
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