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The Wishing Club: A Story About Fractions

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Petey wishes on the first star he sees, but instead of the dollar he hopes for, he gets only a quarter. The next night his little brother Joey wishes for a cookie--and gets just half of one. The twins, Sally and Samantha, don't fare much better.

Try as they might, the children each wind up with a fraction of what they wished for. Can they figure out how to combine their wis
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 24th 2007 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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The Wishing Club a story about fractions, by Donna Jo Napoli, illustrated by Anna Currey, published by Henry Holt and Company, pulication date: 2007.

This book is a cute fantasy book about little children wishing on a star. The book starts by having the first child, Petey, wish for a dollar. The next morning he reveals that he received a quarter. Over the course of the next four nights he gets a quarter and it adds up to be a dollar. On the page it shows the addition of four quaters and how it e
Kim Valentine
This book is about four siblings who wish on a star but only get a fraction of what they wish for. The figure out that if the all wish for the same thing they will get the whole of it not a fraction of it. By the end the all children wish for a pig. They call the pig Corkscrew. This book could lead into another book by this author called CORKSCREW COUNTS which is a story about multiplication. The book has been highly recommend for classrooms working on fractions and a appropriate kindergarten th ...more
Nicole Isernio
This is a cute fantasy story about the power of children wishing on a story. The story incorporates the children's wishes with math allowing students to be introduced to math in a literacy lesson. As the children make their wishes and seen what they receive, the illustrations display fractions to explain math concepts, but also how the wishes add together. The children continue receiving portions of what they wish for, until one night they decide they want to wish for a pig, but are hoping they ...more
Children's picture books that incorporate math are kind of like eating your vegetables -- yeah, they're good for you but they aren't exactly a lot of fun.

The Wishing Club features 4 children who wish on a star but only get a fraction of what they wish for. In the end, each of the children wish for one thing and since 1/2 + 1/4 + 1/8 + 1/8 = 1, they get the whole thing. The story is fairly sweet and I think kids will like it. The math part of the story is fairly well-done and thankfully, does no
Kate Hastings
Grades k-3
--three children make wishes on wishing star
(a cookie, a dollar and a bag of marbles)

--each of them wake to find a fraction of their wish
(half a cookie, a quarter, and 10 marbles)

--they learn that that the 2 year-old is getting his wish
The 4 year-old is getting his wish
The 8 year-old is getting 1/8 her wish

--The children decide to combine their wishes to get one whole wish. A pig. And that would be gross to get only part of!

They practice fractions using measuring cups before commi
Jeni Enjaian
I feel extremely unqualified to review children's literature. It's not at my reading level (obviously). I don't have children. I have no training in teaching children to which this would be an appropriate level. That being said, I have to ask. Are all children's books this transparently didactic? I think there are better ways to teach children about fractions than to create a fairly meaningless story to wrap around a fraction lesson.
Raenuka Mallikarjun
The kids wish on a wishing star, but they only get a fraction of their wish. But then after a little while they realize that there is pattern with their wishes. This is a really cute book in teaching kids fraction because it can be a very hard subject for kids.
Four siblings spend their evenings wishing upon a star. Each wish returns just a portion of what they wished for. Fractions and patterns play a part in this story as the four children try to figure out how to combine their wishes to get a whole pet.
Nov 24, 2012 Teri rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: math
This book is really quite a clever book about fractions. It's like a riddle--you're trying to figure out why the wishes are answered the way they are--with an ending all kids will like.
Feb 17, 2012 Jill rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: math
A book to use in math for learning fractions. There are many fraction lesson plans that could go along with this story. A great way to integrate math and literacy.
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From her website:

Donna Jo Napoli is both a linguist and a writer of children's and YA fiction.

Donna Jo has five children. She dreams of moving to the woods and becoming a naturalist. She loves to garden and bake bread.

At various times her house and yard have been filled with dogs, cats, birds, and rabbits. For thirteen years she had a cat named Taxi, and liked to go outside and call, "Taxi!" to
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