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Spaghetti And Meatballs For All!

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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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Frank Lee
This is great book for young students who are starting to develop math skills. I like how the story relates to real life situations such as family, and I think students will be respnsive to learning because of this. Multiple math concepts are addressed including geometry, division and addition. The story demonstrates division in a simple strategy students will be able to understand. Overall, a solid story book that effective incorporates math instruction.
Dani Vatsaas
Spaghetti and Meatballs for All is a great book to tie into any lesson about perimeter or area, geometry and shapes. Marilyn Burns created a story about a woman trying to throw a dinner party and the struggle to make a seating chart that everyone can understand. Debbie Tilley perfectly mimicked the hectic chaos of the story through the illustrations with emphasis on the characters, humor, white space, and bright colors. Definitely enjoyed this one.
I like that this book has explanations in the back that will help connect the text with a teacher or parent's lesson about area and perimeter. This book could be the backbone of an entire lesson on the topics. It could allow depth and understanding and because the tables had to be moved several times in the story multiple math problems were created. I would use this text for older students because the text is to long for 1st or 2nd graders.
Lyndsey Hurm
This is a really great book to use to teach math! There are so many different concepts that you can teach using this book. The story is about a couple who is having people over for dinner and she has the tables of four set up in a certain way so that everyone will have a seat. This book can be used to introduce shapes, multiplication, area, perimeter, and more. There are also math teacher ideas and lessons in the back of the book.
Codie Gates
What a great book to help teach math! I will definitely use this one in my class. The Comfort's are having their 32 family members over for a spaghetti dinner. Mrs. Comfort sets the rented tables and chairs up in the best way possible. But a dilemma starts when family members start arriving and rearranging tables. The tables keep getting switched around until the are back to the way Mrs. Comfort set them up.
Autumn Yoon
This book is a great book to use when implementing a lesson on perimeter and area. The book introduces new mathematical concepts and terms and does a great job using a real-life scenario and relating it back to math. This would be a great book for students in grades 3-5. The illustrations are good, and the story is interactive and engaging. I would definitely use this book for a math lesson that introduces geometry!
Monalisa Johnson-brown
This is about Mr. and Mrs. Comfort who were hosting a party. Mr. Comfort liked to cook and Mrs. comfort liked the garden. They were hosting a party for a few people. The tables started out seating eight people which was fine until they changed the arrangements to a different setting. As the people came they change the set up and eventually had to go back to the original setting of eight to a table.
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