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Full House: An Invitation to Fractions

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With Dayle Ann Dodds’s engaging rhymes and Abby Carter’s dynamic illustrations, this introduction to fractions is a piece of cake.

Miss Bloom runs the Strawberry Inn, and she absolutely loves visitors. Throughout the day, she welcomes a cast of hilarious characters, from a duchess to a dog trainer, until all the rooms are taken. It’s a full house! But in the middle of the n
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 9th 2007 by Candlewick Press
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Christian Houseworth
Feb 10, 2013 Christian Houseworth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: math
This book makes learning fractions so much fun! The author, Dayle Ann Dodds, is a former elementary teacher. She was inspired to write this book because fractions were somewhat difficult for her to understand. This story was about Miss Bloom who was the owner of Strawberry Inn and her goal was to have all the rooms filled. She had six rooms in her inn; she occupied one which meant she counted for 1/6. As each guest arrived, she displays the fraction of how many rooms were filled. The book has a ...more
Kristin
Nov 05, 2016 Kristin rated it really liked it
Book summary: This is a cute book introducing fractions to kids. This book is about Miss Bloom and her inn and there were six rooms and all were filled but throughout the book she said what fraction of the house was full. There was also a strawberry cake cut into six picees that the guests ate but left one piece or 1/6th of the cake for Miss Bloom. This book also rhymes and has great pictures.
Grade level: 1-5
Appropriate classroom use: This would be a great book to read around math time to get t
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Rylei Walsh
Jan 16, 2017 Rylei Walsh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: math, 20
It is a fun way to introduce fractions to a class. Gets students brainstorming about fractions in real life.
Mary Little
Oct 07, 2016 Mary Little rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kindergarten through 2nd grade
Brief Review
This realistic fiction follows Mrs. Bloom, who lives in an inn with 6 rooms. As each new guest arrives, the rooms are shown in the form of a fraction. Each guest is more unusual and querky than the last. This clever book introduces the daunting world of fractions in a fun, entertaining way.

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This book could be a fun way to introduce students to fractions. In a math class, the teacher could visually show each room being occupied as the story is read. Each tenant at the hote
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Alexa Maring
Apr 10, 2011 Alexa Maring rated it it was amazing
A cute book that introduces fractions! I love how this book discusses fractions as pieces of a whole. Another reason why I like this book, is because the fractions increase by a constant rate. This allows students to better gain an understanding for the concept, rather than showing random fractions such as 1/6, 7/8, 2/3, etc. It is harder to make this series of fractions concrete because the number of pieces in the whole are not equal. By keeping the amount to make a whole consistent and increas ...more
Madeline Bergstrom
Apr 02, 2016 Madeline Bergstrom rated it really liked it
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Casey Richard
Mar 19, 2014 Casey Richard rated it really liked it
Miss Bloom runs the Strawberry Inn. Here, she has 6 rooms and many different people who are deciding to stay in these rooms. As each person checks in to stay in the rooms, a fraction is shown (1/6) stating that one person is occupying a room, out of a total of 6 rooms. The book continues to count up as the Inn starts to fill up. This would be a great book to introduce my students to fractions. If I have a document camera in my classroom, it would be fun to put this book under the camera and foll ...more
Megan McKenny
Apr 23, 2015 Megan McKenny rated it liked it
Personal reaction: This is a fun story that children are sure to enjoy. The author presents fractions in a way that young children can understand without going over their heads. It is an overall cute story that is rather simple with rhymes. While this is a great starter story, it only includes fractions of sixths.

Purpose: This would be a good read aloud to go along with math lessons on fractions. This would be a good book when introducing fractions and discussing fractions as parts of a whole.
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Alexandria Hiam
Mar 18, 2016 Alexandria Hiam rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book about simple fractions. Miss Bloom is the owner of the Strawberry Inn. She hopes to fill her inn with 5 guests + herself will equal a full house since their are 6 rooms. With each guest that arrives we see the fraction 1/6, 2/6, 3/6 and so on. The illustrations are colorful and engaging. And when Miss Bloom goes to bed all the guests sneak down to the kitchen where they enjoy the cake that she has made. When she goes down she sees that their is 1/6 of the cake left, ju ...more
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Mar 14, 2016 A rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book about simple fractions. Miss Bloom is the owner of the Strawberry Inn. She hopes to fill her inn with 5 guests + herself will equal a full house since their are 6 rooms. With each guest that arrives we see the fraction 1/6, 2/6, 3/6 and so on. The illustrations are colorful and engaging. And when Miss Bloom goes to bed all the guests sneak down to the kitchen where they enjoy the cake that she has made. When she goes down she sees that their is 1/6 of the cake left, ju ...more
Christiana Tarpley
Sep 20, 2011 Christiana Tarpley rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome book!! The house as 6 available rooms and Miss Bloom is trying to fill each bedroom. Each page explains the fraction at the bottom of the page and then shows an example of what the fraction would look like using numbers. This is a great introduction to fractions!! Repition is used after each room is filled by saying, "knock-knock! went the door. Ding-dong! the bell rang. Welcome, welcome," Miss Bloom sang. This is a wonderful book with so many purposes! Rhyme and sequence coul ...more
Laura Carby
Miss Bloom runs the Strawberry Inn, and she loves visitors. All through the day she welcomes a cast of hilarious characters until all the rooms are taken. It’s a full house! But in the middle of the night, Miss Bloom senses that something is amiss — and sure enough, the guests are all downstairs eating dessert. Readers will be inspired to do the math and discover that one delicious cake divided by five hungry guests and one doting hostess equals a perfect midnight snack at the Strawberry Inn. I ...more
Marlee
Nov 09, 2013 Marlee rated it it was ok
I was quite disappointed in this book despite the fact that both of my children enjoyed it. The story itself is simply and nicely written. However, I felt that more could have been done with the fractions, such as saying that 3/6 is also one half. I felt that this could have been done without taking away from the story. To be fair, I may not have expected anything more if the cover hadn't said "an invitation to fractions". The story itself was quick, simple, and captivating even for my 9 year ol ...more
Chelsea Ulrich
Jun 06, 2011 Chelsea Ulrich rated it it was amazing
Shelves: math
This book could be used with students to introduce fractions as students read about an inn that is not full but starts to fill as new guests arrive. The book shows the fraction of the inn that is filled on each page but I think it would be helpful to allow students to think about this using maNipulatives or possibly shading in a house with six rooms on their own as guests arrive in the story. I could see using this book to introduce fractions to the class probably to second or third graders.
Roshini R.
Feb 12, 2012 Roshini R. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
This adorably illustrated book invites one to open the pages and learn about fractions without even realizing it. The simple rhyming story subtly explores fractions as one hilarious guest after another takes a room at Miss Bloom’s Strawberry Inn until it’s a full house. Children learn about fractions as each vacancy is filled and slices of strawberry cake with whipped cream are devoured. Math Principles + Fun = Winning Combination!
Lyndsey Hurm
Nov 27, 2012 Lyndsey Hurm rated it it was amazing
This book is about a lady who runs the Strawberry Inn and it becomes full with guests who then end up splitting a cake into individual pieces and dividing it up. I would use this book to teach fractions and dividing and I would probably bring in a strawberry cake and have the children decide and explore with how to cut and divide it. (With plastic knives of course!) This book has beautiful illustrations and also rhymes throughout so it could also be used to talk about rhyming words.
Scott Roark
Sep 20, 2011 Scott Roark rated it it was amazing
Shelves: math, rhyming
Great book for introduction of fractions. Book uses rhymes to make the book flow easily. Owner has six rooms and she eventually fills them up with guests, during which 1/6, 2/6 etc is shown. At end they eat a cake and it shows a pie form cut into 6 pieces and labeled each as 1/6. Underneath the dish it shows that 6/6 = 1. Great to have in the library during your fraction lesson plans.
Sade
Jul 17, 2012 Sade added it
This is a fun introduction to fractions, though the title puts it more cutely. The repetition in this book makes it perfect for reading over and over again to young kids who love to join in. I would use this book several days so the children can see how fun fractions are and how they had already been using them in everyday life.
The Brothers
Jan 16, 2016 The Brothers rated it really liked it
A fun introduction to fractions. Ms. Bloom runs an inn and would like nothing more than to have all her rooms full. A variety of visitors come to stay and with each new guest, we see what fraction of the rooms are occupied. Ends with a delightful fraction example of eating cake. Much better than a lot of books about math or counting.

Excellent, colorful illustrations.
The Library Lady
Feb 06, 2008 The Library Lady rated it it was ok
The rhymes are not engaging, they are wobbly. Throwing the fraction theme in makes this educational, but it seems forced.
And who is this for? It seems too little kid for the children doing fractions. That is unless all those incredibly "gifted and talented" 3 year olds out there are now learning fractions along with second languages and stringed instruments.
Sunday Cummins
Aug 20, 2015 Sunday Cummins rated it it was amazing
With rhyming text, the Strawberry Inn fills with guests. As each guest arrives to occupy 1 of 6 rooms, the fractions increase 1/6, 2/6, 3/6 etc. I'd read this aloud to preK, kinder, first grade students. The author includes rigorous vocabulary like scrumptious, mumbles, scuffles. There's a surprising plot twist with interesting characters as well.
Nicole Holden
Apr 06, 2012 Nicole Holden rated it liked it
Shelves: math
This is an excellent way to intoduce student to using fraction. I really like the way the fraction is shown at the bottom of each page. In the book Full House, Mrs Bloom has six rooms that she is trying to occupy. When the room is filled, then there is a cute rhyme the book sings over and over.


Nadine
Jul 20, 2012 Nadine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: math-bookshelf
This a story that rhymes. I think it would keep the younger students very interested in the story which teaches fractions in a subtle way. As the inn keeper fills her 6 rooms, her first guest is represented by 1/6, one of her six rooms are filled. Her second guest is 2/6, and so forth. So easy to follow and understand.
JustOneMoreBook.com
Jan 31, 2008 JustOneMoreBook.com rated it it was amazing
Cheerfully wobbly illustrations combine with rhyme, repetition and a cast of colourful characters to make this sneaky introduction to fractions a read-aloud hit.

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Sophia Martin
Apr 08, 2013 Sophia Martin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 50-books, math, fractions
This is a great book for introducing fractions! This book is about a woman, Ms. Bloom, who runs an Inn that has a hits of guests come to stay one particular night. Fractions come into play all throughout the book. Ms. Bloom wants to fill all of the rooms(6/6) and when there's a delicious cake, late at night in the kitchen, that all the guests want. But how do you divide it up?
Kimberly Martin
Jul 08, 2012 Kimberly Martin rated it really liked it
Shelves: math-bookshelf
Full House is a book that discusses the concepts of fractions through dividing up dessert with a number of house guests. I liked that in this particular book the fractions increased at a constant rate and it was easy to follow. Fractions can be tough sometimes, so I think introducing in this manner makes the concept not so overwhelming.
babyhippoface
Rhyming text and illustrations bursting with color and motion introduce the concept of fractions. As one guest after another shows up on the doorstep of the Strawberry Inn requesting a room, Miss Bloom takes note that it's filling up one-sixth at a time.
Auttumn C
A sweet rhyming book that has fractions galore! students will be able to visualize the fractions throughout the book. This book is great for beginning fractions. after the read aloud the students could act out the book and pretend to be each guest and review their fractions in a fun new way!
Chelsea Smith
Feb 29, 2016 Chelsea Smith rated it really liked it
This text provides a wonderful and fun way to introduce fractions to your young children/students. I absolutely LOVE the rhyming; it allowed for my students to fill in the blanks as the number of guests within the book kept increasing throughout the story, making it a "fuller house."
Nicole
Apr 10, 2013 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ece-3601, math
Such a cute book. Teaches iteration with fractions. There are 6 rooms at the inn and Miss Bloom wants to fill them all. First 1/6 of the rooms are taken and so on. Very well written and fun to read. The characters who come to the inn are just that, characters!

Ages 6-9.
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Dayle Ann Dodds is the author of numerous picture books for children, including THE SHAPE OF THINGS, TEACHER'S PETS, THE GREAT DIVIDE: A MATHEMATICAL MARATHON, and MINNIE'S DINER: A MULTIPLYING MENU. A former elementary school teacher, she lives in Carmel Valley, California.
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