Twenty Is Too Many

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Twenty guinea pigs can be too many—especially if all of them are crammed on a small and tipsy boat. In this charming and boisterous book about subtraction, the guinea pigs begin to jump ship, each in his or her own funny and unique way. While children follow the story of the ever-shrinking gang of guinea pigs, they can count the furry pals leaping on and around oversized numerals representing the number of cavorting cavies on the page. A simple equation that shows the subtraction is printed along the bottom of ...
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Overview

Twenty guinea pigs can be too many—especially if all of them are crammed on a small and tipsy boat. In this charming and boisterous book about subtraction, the guinea pigs begin to jump ship, each in his or her own funny and unique way. While children follow the story of the ever-shrinking gang of guinea pigs, they can count the furry pals leaping on and around oversized numerals representing the number of cavorting cavies on the page. A simple equation that shows the subtraction is printed along the bottom of each spread, reinforcing the concept.

Like its successful predecessor, One Guinea Pig Is Not Enough, this book tells a story while teaching a number concept. The irresistible artwork bursts with action, color, humor, and clever details that readers have come to expect from the beloved Kate Duke.
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PreS-Gr 2-Twenty guinea pigs can be too many if they are crowded into one small, sinking boat. It floats more easily after 10 of them hit the waves. Then, one by one, others leave. One floats off with balloons; another decides to explore the island. A fisher pig gets pulled away by a huge sea serpent; and one sneaks away with the contents of the picnic cooler. Eventually, only one is left, "And one-can be fun." The text illustrates the pattern of subtraction by one. "Nine waving guinea pigs minus one swinging guinea pig leaves eight seasick guinea pigs." The lively watercolors offer humorous detail and foreshadow the action. Careful observers will note that the rope from which one creature is swinging is frayed. The next page shows the animal plummeting into the water. Tiny pictures in the margin reassure readers that nothing horrible happens despite the mishaps. Subtraction equations are superimposed on the illustrations, and the large numbers sometimes become part of the action. A seasick mariner rests on the loop of the eight, and the boat is tied up to the base of the four. Rollicking action, humor, and appealing characters make this clever book a fun way to learn the concept of subtraction and it provides an excellent companion volume to the author's addition book, One Guinea Pig Is Not Enough (Dutton, 1998).-Adele Greenlee, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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In this sequel to One Guinea Pig is Not Enough (1998), Duke serves up a romp with subtraction instead of addition concepts. What happens when a little wooden boat is fairly bulging with pudgy guinea pigs? Twenty guinea pigs start to sink, and to save their furry skins, half must dive into the water. Thus begins the mathematical odyssey of the ten remaining guinea pigs as one by one they subtract themselves from the boat. One little pig floats away on the strings of a colorful bunch of balloons. Another bellyflops out of the picture, while still another explores himself out of the equation. At last only one guinea pig remains on the little green vessel, but "one can be fun." Children will delight in finding all the creatures reunited on the final page, again adding up to twenty. Within each full-spread illustration frolic the lively and adorable little rodents accompanied by vibrant-hued and giant-sized numbers spelling out numerically what the text describes in mirthful language (with juicy words like "flabbergasted"). Duke doesn't disappoint, characteristically lavishing the book with her carefree and fun-filled watercolors of irresistibly cute critters in whimsical situations that can't but inspire chuckles while teaching a thing or two. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525420262
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/10/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 190L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.37 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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