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If You Were a Pound or a Kilogram

If You Were a Pound or a Kilogram

by Marcie Aboff, Francesca Carabelli (Illustrator)

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If you were a pound or a kilogram, you would be the weight of things. You could be a sack of sugar, a basket of berries, or a heavy-duty truck. What else could you be if you were a pound or a kilogram?


If you were a pound or a kilogram, you would be the weight of things. You could be a sack of sugar, a basket of berries, or a heavy-duty truck. What else could you be if you were a pound or a kilogram?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jane Singleton Paul
Pounds and kilograms as units of mass are the subject of this picture book, part of the series "Math Fun." Weight measurement is explained simply, in an understandable fashion, accessible to first graders and older students. Whether at the gym, the supermarket, or the post office, it is necessary to know how much something weighs. Measuring flour, sugar, and butter to make a giant cookie will certainly catch every youngster's attention. Staying fit with barbells weighing 2,000 grams or two kilograms will appeal to budding gymnasts while also showing how simple the metric system can be, and the idea of combining weight is good reinforcement for other math skills. The idea of a pound of chocolate candy or a kilogram of berries will delight readers young and old. Aboff expounds on heavier weights such as tons and metric tons, using dump trucks as examples. Carabelli illustrates body weight with two nurses, one taking the measurement in pounds, the other in kilograms. When Ducky goes grocery shopping and buys carrots and barley, he ends up with a very yummy soup. The varying weights of packages mailed from the post office continues the journey. Finally, the lesson that a kilogram of feathers weighs the same as a kilogram of bricks is thought provoking for youngsters and adults alike. Whatever their level of previous knowledge, readers will easily grasp the concept of weight measurement as taught using ordinary and everyday happenings, which are identifiable by all. Explanations of terms such as gram, kilogram, metric ton, ounce, yardstick, and estimate are useful, as is the discussion of the metric system, which is used by the majority of the world's population. A final practical aspect atthe end of the book is a glossary, an index, a list of related books and websites, and the names of all the "Math Fun" series books. Reviewer: Jane Singleton Paul

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Math Fun Series
Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Marcie Aboff is the author of picture books, early readers, chapter books, and magazine stories. She also used to work as a feature writer for a daily newspaper in Escondido, California, and as a catalog copywriter for an advertising firm in New York City. She’s written more than 20 titles for Picture Window Books. Marcie loves visiting schools to talk to students about being an author, as well as helping them develop their own writing potential. When she’s not writing or visiting schools, Marcie likes to play tennis, listen to music, see really good movies, travel, and eat as much chocolate as she can. Marcie resides in Edison, New Jersey, with her two sons and one daughter. Their cat, Sneakers, also resides in the home, although he sometimes is under the impression he is the sole proprietor. Please visit Marcie’s website (www.marcieaboff.com) to learn more about her books.

I always thought of books like a treasure chest, and the illustrations, like windows to look inside. My mother says, I was born with a pencil in hand...my left hand. I drew before I was able to speak. When I was eight years old, we moved into a new home, a big one. Our hobbies-room in this new home was so white that I had an idea. I decided to make it more colorful and I filled the walls with my characters. The ceiling was the only place that was not touched by my pencils. This was the beginning of my artist's freelance career. Since then, my funny characters have stayed with me everywhere, at grade school first, then at University in Rome where I studied Art and Literature. Now, the characters share the attic where I work, with me and my sweet black dog, Luna.

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