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# The Warlord's Alarm

Chuan and Jing Jing use their mathematical skills to ensure that the warlord wakes up on time. They are traveling to the emperor's palace, and they can only sleep for four hours before resuming their journey in order to arrive as the emperor's gates open. How will they wake up? There are no clocks at the inn where they are staying, so they must create their own

## Overview

Chuan and Jing Jing use their mathematical skills to ensure that the warlord wakes up on time. They are traveling to the emperor's palace, and they can only sleep for four hours before resuming their journey in order to arrive as the emperor's gates open. How will they wake up? There are no clocks at the inn where they are staying, so they must create their own alarm clock. Chuan and Jing Jing create a simplified Chinese water clock and awaken in time to rouse the warlord.

## Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
In this book, a part of the "Warlord's" adventure series that takes place in ancient China, Chuan and his friend Jing Jing travel to an important feast. The emperor has invited all of his military governors to a feast in order to determine which ones remain loyal to him. Chuan and Jing Jing need to arrive before rival warlords in order to gain the emperor's favor. As they travel, they know they can only sleep four hours because they need to be at the emperor's gate when it opens. The inn where they are staying does not have a clock, and they must determine how to wake up after four hours. Jing Jing tells Chaun about the dragon clock that uses bells, thread, incense, and brass dragon boats. They have only a leaky bag, but then Chuan uses the same principle as the dragon clock to devise a means to wake them up by using the leaky water bag and a dish on a shelf. The improvised clock wakes them up and they arrive at the city just as the gates open. The last two pages provide a brief history of water clocks and instructions for making one out of simple materials. The lovely illustrations promote further understanding of the story regarding the clocks and the culture of ancient China. This interesting and unique book has educational value in both mathematics and history.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-The seventh entry in a series of mathematical adventures, this clever book reads like a folktale. The story is set in ancient China, where young Chuan and his friend Jing Jing are traveling with a powerful warlord to the emperor's palace. Chuan is given the responsibility of awakening their master four hours before sunrise but the boy has no way of telling time. By combining keen observation skills with ingenuity, the two friends devise a water clock to wake up Chuan at just the right moment. Colorful, eye-pleasing paintings depict grand spreads filled with people, buildings, and natural scenery. Careful attention is paid to details, and close-ups of the characters and important objects keep the focus on the plot. A brief history of Chinese water clocks is appended, along with instructions for a math-related craft. Children who like to invent, create, and problem-solve will enjoy this book. It can be shared for the appealing story as well as for the concept, and could lead to discussions of ways to tell time without clocks, electricity, or common modern devices.-Erlene Bishop Killeen, Fox Prairie Elementary School, Stoughton, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

## Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589803787
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/31/2006
Series:
Warlord's Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

## Meet the Author

Virginia Walton Pilegard wrote The Warlord's Puzzle as part of a teaching unit that uses informal geometry to strengthen students' visual learning abilities. Mrs. Pilegard studied elementary mathematics and completed both a B.A. and M.A. in Education. She then went on to teach elementary grades and in juvenile correction schools.

Nicolas Debon is a freelance illustrator in Versailles, France. In addition to his illustrations for the Warlord's Series , he is also the author/illustrator of several other books, including two Canadian Governor General's Literary Award finalists.

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