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Spaghetti And Meatballs For All!

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  470 ratings  ·  140 reviews
Kids will exercise their early math skills with this bestselling picture book--now available in Scholastic Bookshelf!

Mr. and Mrs. Comfort are having a family reunion! Mr. Comfort starts cooking up his famous spaghetti and meatballs, while Mrs. Comfort carefully arranges eight tables and thirty-two chairs so that everyone will have a seat. The tables look lovely, the food i
Paperback, 40 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published January 1997)
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Jordyn Mcleod
Spaghetti and Meatballs for All is written in a landscape style illustrations that are full-bleed and also bordered. The text is incorporated into the images. I feel children will enjoy the learning aspect of the story because it uses fun concepts and you don't think of it as "doing math". There are multiple different races of people. The illustrations are realistic and the children can relate to the story because this story can actually happen to kids. I thought it was helpful that at the end o ...more
Courtney Weber
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When I chose this book, I did not originally see on the cover page that it said 'A Mathematical Story'. As I was reading the book I started to realize that there was a lot going on with switching the number of seats and people who could sit at each table for the spaghetti dinner. I started thinking "wow there is not much of a plot other than place settings in this book". When I got to the end of the book it had supplemental learning supplies to help teach math to children throu
Kelly Grimes
personal reaction- I really enjoyed this book because not only was it teaching the math lesson of division, but it also served up new vocab for students to learn. I really enjoyed the illustrations in this book. The colors were bold and bright to keep the audiences engaged in the book and wanting to keep on reading. I do this this book is a little more advanced, so i believe it should be read at a slower pace for the students to be able to think about the situation presents in the book. Overall ...more
Jayetta Carter-mcfarlin
This is a great book to help explore perimeters using real life-scenarios like planning a dinner. In this story, Mrs. Comfort had chosen the most economical way of seating 32 guests. As guests entered, they kept changing her set-up, which changed the number of people that could be seated. Young learners from grades 3 - 5 would enjoy working with the different possibilities of perimeters and how learning about perimeters could affect their own lives.
Dannita Stanley
While this book is a good book to discuss mathematical concepts, I thought the concept was a little difficult to follow during the course of reading. I couldn’t exactly understand what math concept was being presented.

Since this was a mathematical story, I was most drawn to the parts of the story which required splitting of the tables and the discussions regarding whether there was enough space or not.

I would suggest the sole focus of this book be on area and/or perimeter. I think this book co
Danielle Witter
I really liked this book because I think it was so funny how Mr. Comfort wouldn't listen to Mrs. Comfort, but in the end everything works out just fine.

Summary: This book is about a man and a woman who are trying to have a family reunion, and 32 people end up coming. As people arrive the man, Mr. Comfort, keeps rearranging seats so that people can sit all together. All the while the woman, Mrs. Comfort, is trying to tell him that it won’t work because she had a specific way to seat everyone. Ev
Lamar Sanders
Main Characters: Mr. Comfort, Mrs. Comfort
Point of View: 3rd person
Setting:The Comfort Family home
Plot: As the Comfort family prepares for a party serving 32 guests, Mrs. Comfort perfectly arranges 8 tables with 4 chairs per table to accomodate the guests. As the guests arrive, Mr. Comfort and the attendees begin shifting the tables to sit closer together, while ignoring Mrs. Comfort's exclamations that the new setups won't work. Everytime more guest arrive, they change the seating to accomodate
This is a book about a couple who is planning to have a family reunion. In the end 32 people end up coming to this reunion. This couple is very concerned about all the guests and their seats. Indeed, this book implies a mathematical logic where students have to imagine the seats and the guest list, however when reading this book I totally wanted to read this book for my students in the beginning of the school. I would read this book explaining and also making an analogy that our room has this am ...more
Nicole Dylewicz
When I was choosing books to read I started to become a little hungry. So, it led me to chose this book, Spaghetti and Meatballs. ( One of my favorite dishes) Anyways, the story was about how Mr and Mrs Comfort decided to have a family reunion. Mr Comfort was famous for his Spaghetti and Meatball dish and decided to start cooking that for everyone. His wife Mrs. Comfort arranged the table. She arranged eight tables and thirty two chairs so there would be enough room for everyone to eat and no on ...more
For a family reunion the family decides to make spaghetti and meatballs for everyone. This book uses math by calculating how much food will be needed for everyone. It also uses math by calculating how many seats will be needed. I think students in my classroom would like this book. They would realize you are constantly using math even when you don't notice it.
Jun 03, 2012 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun, but somewhat frustrating story about a large gathering of family and friends for a meal. The configuration of the tables is set for the size of the group, but various people attempt to change the setup to their own satisfaction, much to the irritation of the matriarch of the family.

We see, as the tables are arranged and rearranged, how many people can sit at the table with each configuration. It's an interesting mathematical problem and we liked computing the changing number of p
Kelly Tisdale
This book is a great book to introduce dividing to your class. Having visuals for the student while reading would be very helpful because I could see how the story could get confusing. I truly enjoy these books for the extra information in the back.
Katie Williams
A book to enforce math skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. A couple decides to have a family get together and the wife sets up the tables just right. When people start to show up, though, the husband beings to change the tables around. The husband and wife have to change them every which way until eventually they end up they way there were originally. Students could play around with the desks in the classroom, making different arrangments based on math problems the tea ...more
Roshini R.
This delightful story humorously explores area and perimeter in real world context so students discover that math can help solve Mr. and Mrs. Comfort’s seating problem. Marilyn Burns explains and illustrates the rearrangement of tables into different rectangles in terms of area and perimeter in the last three pages for parents, teachers, and adults. She provides alternative arrangements as well as suggestions for extending children’s learning. Students can explore how many table arrangements wil ...more
In this book, we learn about area and perimeter. We have this couple who is having a dinner party and the wife knows exactly how she wants to set the tables up. As the guest arrive, tables and chairs are rearranged as she tries to tell them that way will not work. In the end, once all the guest have arrived, the tables and chairs end back up in the same spot. In the classroom, before reading the entire book, you can have students figure out what's the least amount of tables they need or what sea ...more
Deb Carter
This is a great problem solving book about a family (and friends) who come to a big party and the struggles that happened when they tried to sit everyone.
April Smith
This is a great way to help children understand math. This would be an easy book to incorporate into your lesson.
Kalisha Mohammed
I would use this book to teach an activity on ow many different ways could we seat 32 people around tables? I will give each student 8 rainbow tiles, 32 centimeter cubes, and a sheet of blank math paper.I will reread the story stopping at each table arrangement. My students will make the arrangements with their manipulatives. After my students have made all of the table arrangements, they will draw the arrangements on the math paper. For each arrangement they have made, they can make a table usi ...more
I love this book for talking about area and perimeter.
Chelsea Bucci
Mr. and Mrs. Comfort have a family reunion in which they invite 32 guests! The guests start arriving and they decide to change up Mrs. Comfort's seating plan. Each time guests arrive, they rearrange tables into different size rectangles so that more people can sit with each other. At the end of the story, they realize that each table needs to be separate in order to fit all of their guests (one single table can sit 4 people, however, if it is part of a long rectangle, it can only seat 2 guests). ...more
In this book, we learn about area and perimeter. We have this couple who is having a dinner party and the wife knows exactly how she wants to set the tables up. As the guest arrive, tables and chairs are rearranged as she tries to tell them that way will not work. In the end, once all the guest have arrived, the tables and chairs end back up in the same spot. In the classroom, before reading the entire book, you can have students figure out what's the least amount of tables they need or what sea ...more
Jenny D
This story is good for showing the relationship between area and perimeter. It is a bit long to read the whole thing as an anticipatory set, so I would recommend having students work along with the story or pause at certain points to let them make predictions. For example, as the tables are shuffled around in the story, have students work with white boards or manipulatives to see how the area and perimeter are changing (as the tables get pushed together, the perimeter decreases, even though the ...more
Lana Clifton
Introduce 3rd through 5th grade students to mathematical concepts involving standards of measure, and area and perimeter with this fun read. At the story's beginning, students can contemplate how Mr. Comfort will prepares to feed 32 guests equivalently. By the story's conclusion, Mr. and Mrs. Comfort are trying to keep their guests comfortable by rotating table seats throughout the course of the meal. Display book on overhead projector while reading and have students solve for missing variables ...more
Mr. and Mrs. Comfort plan a family reunion that includes 32 people. They must plan to have enough chairs, tables, and food for everyone, but that doesn't quite turn out how they had planned. This book is great for maybe an older group of children or grade level. It includes addition, multiplication, and division concepts. This book would be great for creating an activity where the students have to plan their own party with table and chairs. They could create a chart and figure out how many of ea ...more
Anna Davis
Spaghetti and Meatballs for All! By Marilyn Burns is a great book for teaching math. Several topics are covered such as multiplication and geometry, without the student realizing they are learning. The book starts out with Ms. Comfort is planning for her 32 guests. She makes seating plans but when the guests start to arrive they try and change it to better their liking. However, their requests will not work for mathematical reasons. This book would be neat to recreate in the classroom, it would ...more
Mr. and Mrs. Comfort think it's time to plan a family reunion! They're inviting everyone including Mrs. Comfort's parents and their neighbors! It's up to the Comforts to divide the food evenly among them and all their guests and to make certain everyone has a seat at one of the eight tables. This is a wonderful book to use to discuss division, or the sharing of a quantity(ies), evenly among individuals. It is also great discuss perimeter in the way that the setup of the tables and chairs is cons ...more
Brittany Balunas
This book is great because it really shows how area and perimeter can be used in every day life. This book would make a great center activity where children could use manipulatives such as cut outs of tables and people in order to understand the rearrangements and concept. Students could also come up with their own solutions and explain their reasoning using critical thinking. If possible, this would be a great book to actually act out with the class using real tables and the students as manipul ...more
Kristin Traina
This is a great book to discuss multiplication or division. It shows practical application and examples of arrays (the tables) which have to be arranged and rearranged multiple times. I really like how the tables pose a problem that needs to be solved. I think it wold be fun to arrange the chairs and desks in you class room a different way each day in a week to form different array and go along with the book. You could also make a spaghetti dinner and multiply a recipe to fit the class needs.
I'm not a huge fan of this book, but it does an okay job of introducing area and perimeter. I read this book to my 3rd graders, and it isn't very clear that it's talking about perimeter and area. It can be confusing to some but with appropriate interjections and comments/questions from the teacher it can be more understandable. This book talks about how a couple is preparing for a large spaghetti dinner for their family and how they need to arrange the square tables for all of their guests.
Phuong Dao
This book is teaching children about division and how to divide up things evenly. It teaches children fractions also. The story is about this couple who is trying to arrange table so that everybody can get the same amount of spaghetti and meatball, but no matter what they do it doesn't end up the way it should be. Finally when they are tire of it, they put it back where it was and everything falls into place. Everybody get what they need when put back to normal.
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Marilyn Burns is one of today’s most highly respected mathematics educators. Over the course of 40 years, Marilyn has taught children, led inservice sessions, and written a variety of professional development publications for teachers and administrators.
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