Overview

Learning about fractions isn't always easy, but who says it can't be fun? Using one very entertaining cow, math teacher Taryn Souders has devised a very clever (and fun) way of explaining fractions to beginning learners. One whole cow, calmly eating hay, decided to act differently on this particular day. One whole cow - what should we do? I know! Let's paint one half blue! Prompted by a poem and a visual clue, students are asked to answer what fraction is illustrated in the cow's antics, starting with halves and ...
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Whole-y Cow!: Fractions Are Fun

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Overview

Learning about fractions isn't always easy, but who says it can't be fun? Using one very entertaining cow, math teacher Taryn Souders has devised a very clever (and fun) way of explaining fractions to beginning learners. One whole cow, calmly eating hay, decided to act differently on this particular day. One whole cow - what should we do? I know! Let's paint one half blue! Prompted by a poem and a visual clue, students are asked to answer what fraction is illustrated in the cow's antics, starting with halves and progressing into thirds, fourths, eighths, and tenths. What fraction of the cow is blue? Answer: ½ What fraction of the cow is white? Answer: ½ With the math problem featured as part of the artwork, students get an immediate sense of how to apply and understand the concept of fractions. How moo-velous! Taryn J. Souders lives in Winter Park, Florida. With a background in math education, she is passionate about keeping math fun for young students. This is her first children's book. Tatjana Mai-Wyss was born in Switzerland. She remembers learning about fractions with the help of a typical Swiss cake. Tatjana has illustrated several children's books and her work has been published in books and magazines in the United States and abroad. She lives in South Carolina.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Start with one whole cow who presents fractions in an unusual way. After half of the cow is painted blue, the reader is asked what fraction of the cow is blue and what fraction of it is white. The cow goes for a swim and has on a swimsuit of red, white, and blue and the fraction-related questions are about the portion of each color on the swimsuit. In another situation, the cow hurts one leg so the questions involve the fraction of the legs hurt and not hurt. At the back of book, the questions and answers about the fractional parts are provided along with smaller versions of the pictures from the main text. The pictures include the pages of the main text so that the reader may refer to it. The colorful illustrations capture the zany situations to help learn about fractions. This introduction to fractions is different but may be of support for some children as they learn about fractions. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—This appealing book makes a potentially difficult concept a lot of fun. Souders introduces both the concepts of parts of a whole and parts of a group. She uses a cow to help explain fractions with inviting pictures that match the rhyming text beautifully. Answers to the posed questions appear at the back. The last spread contains many elements to practice the math.—Loreli. E. Stochaj, Franklin School, Summit, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Souders's debut is a funny look at one whole cow who decides to act differently, allowing readers the chance to practice their fractions. Barely passable rhyming couplets tell of her craziness: "One whole cow sat down to play the cello / while eating a daisy that was orange and bright yellow." Questions in a different type then ask readers to identify the fractional parts of the daisy by looking at the picture. Stunt by goofy stunt, beginning with halves, youngsters work their way up to tenths. The final spread gives the answers beside miniaturized versions of the pictures. Combining watercolors with some collage, Mai-Wyss's illustrations make the book come alive. Her cow is wonderfully wacky, and observant readers will enjoy the antics of her three chicken companions. While the artwork makes it easy for children to see and count the fractional parts, there is no instruction given as to what fractions are or how to make/reduce them, making this more of a practice exercise than a teaching tool. Add in the stumbling verse, and this one's a miss. (Picture book. 6-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781133484820
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 591,019
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

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  • Posted October 11, 2010

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    Math Made Fun for the "Whole" Family!

    This is a fantastic book for all ages! I enjoyed reading it with my girls just as much as they enjoyed reading it to me and trying to solve the silly riddles! It is a great book for children with learning differences as well! It is fun for them, but not too overwhelming or long. The illustrations are bright, colorful and fun to look at it. The author kept the book simple to read, yet fun to solve! It also makes a great gift for your favorite Math teacher. I give it this book 2 thumbs up!!

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