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Sir Cumference and the Off-the-Charts Dessert (Sir Cumference #8)

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The eighth book in the popular Sir Cumference series, SIR CUMFERENCE AND THE OFF-THE-CHARTS DESSERT introduces readers to different methods of collecting data.

Sir Cumference and Lady Di of Ameter are in a pickle. The castle cook is sick and the Harvest Faire is coming up—who will make the special dessert for this annual event? Two bakers in town, Pia of Chartres and Bart G
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Charlesbridge (first published January 1st 2013)
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This humorous story offers one explanation for the origin or pie charts and bar graphs. Two talented bakers compete for the honor of preparing the Harvest Sweet. In order to determine the popular favorites, both keep tallies, one in flour and one with pinches of dough. But their records are ruined by their animals. They come up with stacking cookie molds and candies arranged by color to record the results. The story will hold readers' attention while the acrylic paint illustrations fit the story ...more
Sep 13, 2015 Kayla rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Review: This book demonstrates many ways to keep track of numbers and is a great introduction to charts and graphs. It also encourages working together.
Setting: Sir Cumference and Lady Di's kingdom
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Use in classroom: "MGSE2.MD.10 Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with single-unit scale) to represent a data set with
up to four categories. Solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems using information presented in a bar graph.
MGSE2.G.3 Partition circles and rectangles
Sep 18, 2014 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We first discovered these books about Sir Cumference on the "Tumblebooks" online audiobook site ( Our girls really enjoyed watching them read aloud and I think the math concepts are fairly easy to understand, even for children in grades K-2. Because the story itself is fun, it makes the educational focus of the book less apparent and more appealing.

We found that new stories had been published recently in this series and we were delighted to find them at our local library. Ou
Jo Oehrlein
Sep 15, 2013 Jo Oehrlein rated it it was ok
Shelves: math, picture-books
A cute story about the origin of pie charts and bar graphs, but it's also not a good example because the two bakers were supposed to be compared to each other, but each did individual graphs.

Plus, pie charts really should be used for showing percent of whole, something that's totally irrelevant here (especially the way it was displayed) and is totally ignored in the text. Because the pie chart is just used for part of the data (the pie votes), it doesn't really show it's value.

So, I think this b
Gavin Flint
Apr 06, 2016 Gavin Flint rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Core Curricular tie that can be made with this text: Math

Detailed Explanation of how this text can be used to support instruction in the core curricular area: This book, and the others in the series, would be used when introducing new concepts to students, in this case charts and graphs. The nature of the picture book can help students with math problems better understand a what can sometimes be a fairly obtuse concept and show real world uses for many math problems.

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Apr 11, 2016 Shannon rated it it was amazing
This one introduces pie charts and bar graphs. The schtick in this on is that Pia's use of counting around a pie crust and then scoring the pie is named a pie chart, after it being created on a pie and her hometown of Chartres, France. Bart Graf's stack of cookie molds creates a "Bart Graf," which we call today, "Bar Graphs." Same cute storytelling, same catchy ways to present the information and help kids process and remember. This is an excellent series.
Angie Quantrell
Apr 25, 2016 Angie Quantrell rated it really liked it
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Maggie Burgess
Aug 15, 2015 Maggie Burgess rated it liked it
I liked the introduction to charts/graphs. Again, I really like the Sir Cumference stories. Sometimes though, they (including this one) go on a little bit longer, a little bit wordier than need be. Overall, this would be another good classroom addition.
Jul 07, 2016 Connie rated it it was amazing
Teaching Resource: Narrative Structure, Math - charts/graphs, Vocabulary - narrative (element examples), math (concept development)
Mom: I love how punny these books are. This one imagines in a silly way how pie charts (Pie chartres) and bar graphs (bart graf) came to be. Cute.
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Latest in there series of sir cumference. I love math story books.
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Cindy Neuschwander is a native Californian, born in San Diego, CA. Her father was a naval officer and later a high school teacher and her mother was a homemaker. She has one younger brother.

Cindy graduated with a BA in International Studies from Willamette University and earned an MA from Stanford University. She has taught all grades in elementary school as well as high school.

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