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Sort It Out!

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  121 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Packy the Packrat's mother has had enough! It's time that he sorts through his ever-growing collection of trinkets and puts them away. Told in rhyme, the text leads the reader to participate in the sorting process by categorizing Packy's piles of things according to like characteristics and attributes. The story promotes and reinforces analogous thinking--a critical thinki ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Arbordale Publishing (first published March 15th 2008)
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Feb 01, 2011 Angie rated it liked it
Teachers like it for the demonstration of "sorting." Kids like it for the pictures.

And I like it well enough. Just don't love it because it seems just a little bit forced. Just a little.
Nov 06, 2014 Destiny rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! I liked that there is a great activity that goes with it and you can have a class or small group sort the things to see if they come up wit anything similar to Packy. It is a fun book that teaches a great lesson on sorting and how you can sort so many different ways. The next generation needs to learn that there is different ways to do thing and no on way is always right. If it was then we would go no where as a society or people. The way of thinking differently is how change is ...more
Jennifer Berg
Jun 06, 2011 Jennifer Berg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: math-books
This fun rhyming book is an excellent resource to be used in classrooms during lessons on sorting. Taking what seem to be completely unrelated objects, the main character shows students how many similarities between these objects can be found, when looking at a variety of traits. This book will expose your students to an abundance of ways that objects can be grouped together, and will get your students excited to sort objects themselves!
Feb 10, 2013 Kylie rated it it was amazing
Sort it Out is a book that follows Packy the pack rat as he sorts out the things he has taken for the day.

I loved this book. I think it combines a great use of rhyme with a simple teaching of sorting a classifying. I would use this book in my classroom when talking about similarities and differences, as well as when talking about sorting out objects. I loved that the author included some teacher idea/resources in the back. What a great book for an elementary/early childhood classroom!
Katrina Gray
Mar 03, 2015 Katrina Gray rated it liked it
Shelves: 16-science
A good book to talk about classification with a child or class. A little confusing if you are trying to follow the storyline. The mother asks the child to clean up his things, and he starts sorting it, but sometimes the same thing ends up in different piles because it has more than one characteristic, so besides the hand stealing things in the background, it's hard to keep track of everything the mouse brought home.
Apr 19, 2009 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Good concept book to explain sorting and classifying things. Might use this as background for lesson in library arrangement. Illustrations of mice characters are quite precious. All in all, I was a bit surprised to learn this is a contender for the 2009 Children's Choice award, given its didactic tone. I'll give it a try with the kids.
Rebecca Murphy
Mar 03, 2015 Rebecca Murphy rated it really liked it
This is a great book to use for teaching children about categorizing and organizing. It teaches the many different ways that things can be different while still having similarities. There is also a lesson idea at the end, which is always helpful when teaching. It's a cute and educational story that would be great to use in a classroom.
Mar 14, 2013 Sheri rated it really liked it
This is a cute story about a pack rat with too much stuff and having to sort it out and clean his room and clutter. Great for working with math concepts in classroom of sorting. I would recommend it to early elementary teachers. Cute introduction to finding the similarities and differences in items and rhyming text.
Jul 14, 2009 MissInformation rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picturebooks
Fun book about mouse who sorts out his treasures into different categories at the end of the day. Rhymes, and includes info and activities at the end- even has "cards" that you can copy and sort into categories.

Wish the illustrations were cuter, but excellent for educational fun.
Mar 12, 2014 Lynnette rated it it was amazing
Shelves: febuary
I absolutely loved this book. The pictures fit perfectly with what is happening and the writing is very predictable and easy to read. This is a great science book to read with children when teaching them about sorting things and rhyming words.
Destinee Sutton
May 26, 2009 Destinee Sutton rated it liked it
Recommends it for: preschool, maybe Kindergarten
Shelves: picture-books
A rhyming picture book about classification with lots of puzzles and activities included. I wasn't captivated by it, but it won a Children's Choice award, and I won't argue with that. The funny thing is I thought in the end it was pretty lousy of the little mouse's mom to steal all his stuff.
Morgan Sommers
Feb 26, 2014 Morgan Sommers rated it really liked it
This is a great book to help children learn how to categorizing objects! I thought it was a cute story to go along with learning. The pictures in it were great! They went along with the story and I loved how they focused mainly on the object they were categorizing.
Great sorting & concept book.
Good enough that had I known about it a few years ago I would have bought it for Ethan. I think it would be a waste to buy this book now since he's almost in kindergarten & knows a lot of the stuff in the book.
Judy Desetti
Sep 28, 2009 Judy Desetti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
nominee for 2010
Tasha Sylvester
Oct 13, 2009 Tasha Sylvester rated it really liked it
This is a cute book that goes along great with our math lessons and has characters with traits very much like my own girls.
Nov 13, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it
Great book for teaching sorting by different categories! 4 years old was pushing it but she figured most of them out. Fun bold drawings.
Morgan Bradshaw
Nov 06, 2014 Morgan Bradshaw rated it really liked it
I love the interaction that we can have with the students. As well it is a very good way to teach sorting and colors.
Really cute book explaining how a child-mouse sorts his stuff - the process and items are described in rhymes making it fun to read while teaching children how to categorize "things."
Nov 06, 2014 Susie rated it it was amazing
Classifying book. Super cute. I will need a little checkered bag to hold the items. Great for preschool and kindergarten.
Apr 03, 2009 Thia added it
Shelves: preschool
sorting guessing
Tina Bartholoma
Dec 10, 2009 Tina Bartholoma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"sorting, collections, mice, vocabulary, guess the rhyme, activity section in the back"
Julie Surface
Nov 06, 2014 Julie Surface rated it liked it
it was a cute science book.
Tons of activities to do too.
Hilary Mclellan
A cute 2X2 book this year. Would be a great book for primary teachers teaching sorting and classifying or properties of matter.
Jul 23, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Pre schoolers and their parents
Recommended to Karen by: library book
This little pack rat is told to sort out his things and put them away. He sorts by color, things with shells, things with similar purpose, etc. Cute, simple, and introduces sorting.
Alissa Sparks
This book is an excellent way to have an actual bag of items to help teach the class to thing more. Kindergarten through first graders would probably enjoy this book more.
Feb 26, 2015 April rated it it was amazing
This book is great to use in a preschool. It has a fun little story that teaches how to sort. You can use it to show students there are different ways to sort.
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