Working with Fractions

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Fractions are everywhere you look—on the playground, at school, even at birthday parties! When it comes to counting money, playing games, or making sure you get your fair share of the pizza, fractions are there to help you. Add David A. Adler's handy text to Edward Miller's lively art and you get not just a fraction—but a whole lot—of fun.
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Overview

Fractions are everywhere you look—on the playground, at school, even at birthday parties! When it comes to counting money, playing games, or making sure you get your fair share of the pizza, fractions are there to help you. Add David A. Adler's handy text to Edward Miller's lively art and you get not just a fraction—but a whole lot—of fun.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dianne Ochiltree
From the team that brought us You Can, Toucan, Math, comes another fun way of looking at something many kids have trouble getting the hang of: fractions. Although there is no narrative story within the book to explain how fractions work, there are plenty of imaginative, creative approaches presented in each fraction problem. The computer-generated artwork is very bold and bright—it not only enlivens the pages, it graphically explains the concepts within the "story problems" it accompanies. A lot of essential terminology, like "numerator" and "denominator" is explained, along with functions like comparing, multiplying, and dividing fractions. A former math teacher, Adler ably covers a lot of essential ground in one hardcover book and makes it fun. The book is sure to be quite useful for parents and teachers alike in introducing techniques for solving word problems. The reinforced library binding and heavy duty paper stock assures that it will stand up to repeated use. Reviewer: Dianne Ochiltree
Kirkus Reviews
This team's latest math-related book will be greeted with cheers by teachers everywhere. In clear, concise language, and using examples familiar to children, Adler introduces readers to fractions and makes them easy to understand through his use of repetition of vocabulary, examples and explanations, as well as hands-on activities. Beginning by introducing the concept of fractions, the text moves to using the terms "numerator" and "denominator" and next demonstrates what happens when each of these increases or decreases while the other remains constant. Readers will learn how to make equivalent fractions and how to add and subtact fractions that have the same denominator. Adler also touches on the confusing concept that 1/12th of one thing might be smaller than 1/15th of another thing. Throughout, Miller's computer artwork crisply and cleanly illustrates each concept, using a clown and magician birthday motif. An excellent resource for elementary classrooms, this should find a home in any library. (Nonfiction. 6-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823420100
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

David A. Adler is a former math teacher and beloved author of more than a hundred children's books, including math titles such as Fraction Fun; How Tall, How Short, How Faraway; and Shape Up!: Fun with Triangles and Other Polygons. He lives in New York State.

Edward Miller has illustrated many books, including Alphabeep: A Zipping, Zooming ABC by Debora Pearson, which School Library Journal praised as "stunningly illustrated." He lives in New York City.

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