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The Doorbell Rang

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Each ring of the doorbell brings more friends to share the delicious cookies Ma has made. This terrific and suspenseful read-aloud picture book about friendship, sharing, and cookies can also be used to introduce basic math concepts to young children. "Refreshing, enjoyable and unpredictable."—School Library Journal

Pat Hutchins is the celebrated creator of numerous award-w
Paperback, 24 pages
Published October 26th 1989 by Greenwillow Books (first published January 1st 1901)
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Apr 12, 2016 Cindy rated it liked it
Nice that it includes a recipe for cookies
Aug 06, 2013 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Now this is how you incorporate math into a story. The rhythmic, repetitive narrative and simple, but entertaining plot have a math lesson woven into them without being overly didactic. The way in which the cookies are divided based on the number of children is easy to understand.

The illustrations are not my favorite, but they are cartoonish and colorful and help tell the story. We really enjoyed reading this book together.
Feb 23, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it
Yes, I am in a weird mood, so this is a weird "review." Don't say I didn't warn you.

The recipe for a good reading of this book.

Est. Time: 20 minutes

Brain Sprinkles
The book
Plastic cookies

This recipe works best when all children are in one specific area (for instance, on a rug) together. Begin by tossing the brain sprinkles to the children. They will get excited, and possibly begin hopping about whilst squealing and throwing their hands in the air. That is perfectly
Sheeba Virani
Apr 18, 2012 Sheeba Virani rated it really liked it
What an interesting way of introducing children to the concept of fractions and division. Children identify with real life experiences such as the one this book talks about. These can be used to teach children about diving in order to share.

After reading the book divide children into 3 groups of even numbers. Give each group a large cookie or pizza. Then ask each group to cut the number of members in each gropu and discuss how many pieces each item needs to be cut into so each member ge
Sagheer Chaudhry
Oct 08, 2015 Sagheer Chaudhry rated it really liked it
'The Doorbell Rang' is a short and simple story with a great message. It revolves around Ma, who bakes a certain amount of cookies for Sam and Victoria. As the story continues, the Doorbell rings and new characters come into the story. The message of the story is a very simple one of sharing and being kind to others.

The book itself can be seen to have links to the National Curriculum, especially with the mathematical aspect of having to equally divide the number of cookies between the number of
Erin Reda
Sep 18, 2014 Erin Reda rated it really liked it
Shelves: predictable
The Doorbell Rang is a great book for predicting what happens next. Each time the doorbell rings its more children coming over and each time they have to divide up how many cookies each child gets. Even though the doorbell rings each time the reader doesn't know how many children will be at the door. They decide that enough is enough and they're not going to answer the door anymore at the end of the book, however come to find out it's their grandma with more cookies for everyone! This book would ...more
Tonya Nelson
Summary: Ma makes chocolate chip cookies for her children, Victoria and Sam, and they must share the cookies with each other. They divide the cookies, so they each get six cookies each. The children comment on how they look as good as Grandma’s, but Ma says that no one makes them like Grandma. Then, the doorbell rings. Tom and Hannah come over from next door and Ma tells them they can share the cookies, which gives each child three cookies each. Each time the doorbell rings, more friends come in ...more
Cheryl P
Nov 14, 2015 Cheryl P rated it it was amazing
The Doorbell Rang is a good mathematical picture book. At the beginning of the book, two children sit down to snack on a dozen freshly baked cookies. The divide them and will have six each, but then the doorbell rings and two friends come in. Of course the children share with them, so they divide twelve by four. This continues until there are twelve children around the table and each child has one cookie. When the doorbell rings again, the children are worried, but it is just Grandma with more c ...more
Kacie Blakley
Sep 21, 2014 Kacie Blakley rated it it was amazing
When Ma makes a dozen cookies for Sam and Victoria, they are delighted to see that they will each get to eat six cookies. But then every time Ma says, "No one makes cookies like Grandma...", the doorbell rings. Then the children are forced to share the cookies with everyone that comes to the door. But who comes in to save the day when they run out of cookies?
I do not think the illustrations are brilliant, but I should not set my expectations too high seeing that the book is nearly 30 years old.
Mar 25, 2014 Ayesha rated it it was amazing
In this book, mum makes some delicious cookies for Victoria and Sam. The two children decide on how they would share the cookies. However, just then the doorbell rings and more guests arrive. How will they share the cookies so that everyone can get some?

This story focuses on how the children share their cookies with their friends and for this reason would make a great book to read to children when introducing division in maths. The book is able to show the applicability of maths to real life pro
Feb 10, 2014 Amber rated it really liked it
I could already tell by the first couple pages that this was going to be a counting book. As a child however it was very discreet. I think as a teacher this is a great book for teaching math perspectives and asking math questions such as if they each get six how many are on the plate or even how many children are there in the room. I also loved how in the frames where the mom was the kitchen and floor kept getting dirtier and filled with more stuff to count such as footprints. This book also gre ...more
SUMMARY: Ma has just made a dozen cookies for Sam and Victoria to share. So dividing the 12 cookies equally among two gives each six cookies. Each time the doorbell rings more friends show up and the 12 cookies are divided equally again until twelve kids have one cookie each. And then the doorbell rings what do the kids do? NOTES: Published in 1986 this is an honored classic. When needing a book on chocolate, this title came to mind because of the chocolate chip cookies that take cen ...more
Monique Williams
This is a book that could be used for math and when used with a felt board is very useful for teaching one-to-one correspondence. The book also teaches social emotional skills about sharing. Not only is this book good for counting it can also be used to teach higher level math such as subtraction or division.
Apr 14, 2014 Courtney rated it really liked it
Shelves: edutl-2368
Hutchins, P. The Doorbell Rang. Greenwillow Books (1986).

The Doorbell Rang is about a brother and sister who just can't wait to eat their grandmothers delicious cookies, and they each have a certain amount. However, when the doorbell rings and more children come in, they have to figure out how to evenly divide the cookies between their friends, until it looks like they are going to run out of cookies. Luckily, their grandmother shows up with more cookies for the children.

This is a picture book t
Amy Forrester
Mar 07, 2014 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
Ma gave Sam and Victoria a dozen cookies to share; that’s six each! But then the doorbell rang and some friends showed up. Now the children must figure out how to divide the cookies for more people. But just as they figure it out the doorbell rings again! Soon the kitchen is packed with friends and there’s only one cookie for each. What will the kids do when the doorbell rings again? Good thing it’s Grandma with another batch of cookies to save the day! This ALA Notable Children’s Book is a clas ...more
Shannon Brown
Feb 24, 2015 Shannon Brown rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sharing
The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins is a great book for ages 3-5. It teaches kids how to share and sharing is a good thing to do. It also teaches kids math skills such as how to divide cookies amongst themselves. I though this book had a good sense of humor. After a group of children came in, one by one, group by group, the cookies that were baked were all divided among everyone to the point where each person received one cookie. The door bell rang again and Ma said "Perhaps you'd better eat them ...more
Kathryn Brunk
Feb 18, 2014 Kathryn Brunk rated it really liked it
Shelves: math
Children will be able to relate to the issue in this book, which would be the equal division of yummy cookies. It is a book that contains math and repetition. I love the illustration and the details of expressions on everybody’s face when they realized they were losing cookies. This would be fun to ask the children what they think may happen next because there is repetition throughout the book.

Learning Experience- For an older group of children or for an extension I would give each child a set o
Salima Sikandar
Feb 12, 2014 Salima Sikandar rated it it was amazing
The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins book is an amazing book. Full of curiosity, and such a perfect indirect way of introducing math concept of division and fractions. And at the same time teaches children to share with others. The entire story engages children and it gives kind of bounding to the children that all their close friends knows that the Grandma makes the best cookies.

LEARNING EXTENSION: I will bake the cookies with my children in classroom and will make the bog cookie and with the help
Feb 10, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom
Good book about sharing and math!..krb 2/10/16
Mar 29, 2014 Diana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: math
In the beginning of the book, Sam and Victoria’s mom made them some cookies to share. Then, the doorbell rang and two more children came in. The doorbell rang and rang and rang as more children came into to share the cookies. The children divide the cookies equally each time. I would use this book to introduce my students to fractions and division. The students will be given simple math CGI (Cognitive Guided Instruction) word problems using the context of the book. The students will have a chanc ...more
Millie Simonds
Oct 17, 2015 Millie Simonds rated it really liked it
This book is a book with math content in it about dividing a plate of cookies between friends. The children start off with a good bit of cookies but then more friends keep coming to their house so they keep getting less and less cookies individually. At the end of the book their grandma shows up at the door with a huge plate of cookies. I would read this book to my class when I am teaching them how to divide. I would then put them in groups and pass out cookies to each group and make them do div ...more
Serene Atkins-Tate
Feb 25, 2015 Serene Atkins-Tate rated it really liked it
Shelves: sharing
The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins is another book that allows children to stay involved throughout the story. The book has repetition for the children to read along as the door bell rings. The book can be used to address social and emotional development such as sharing with friends and family. This book can also be used for math as more neighborhood children come into the house and more cookies are subtracted from the plate. Pat Hutchins also uses seriation throughout the book and the children c ...more
Bryonna Potter
Feb 18, 2014 Bryonna Potter rated it it was amazing
I think that this is a fun book that introduces math in a fun way. While reading this book I would have the children remember how many children are on the page and how many cookies are on the plate. This book also teaches the concept of sharing. I enjoyed this book and will be adding it to my list of books to read to my class.

Learning Experience: As a class we could bake cookies together. I would have the class count how many of them there where and then we would count out how much cookies we wo
Sep 24, 2015 Oanh rated it really liked it
Shelves: color, emotion, family

Grandma made cookies for her grand; Victoria and Sam, when they are not yet to eat, the doorbell rang and some people come in. Each ring of the doorbell rang that bring more friends come to share the delicious cookies grandma has made. This is a children picture book to its satisfying conclusion. This book read aloud about friendship, sharing , and cookies can also used to introduce basic math concepts to young children that made them enjoyable and unpredictable. The doorbell rang is a notable
Jan 18, 2014 Annalisa rated it really liked it
This is a cute story that introduces division with cookies and friends. I love how all the children know that their friends' Grandma makes the best cookies. This book is simple and repetitive but still very engaging at the same time. This book keeps the reader trying to guess what is going to happen next, who is it going to be and how many people there will be on the other side of the door with each doorbell ring.

*** Learning Extension***
After reading the story have the children sit in groups
Meredith Trotter
Jul 17, 2012 Meredith Trotter rated it really liked it
Shelves: counting
Publication: 1989

Grade/Age: PreK-2nd grade

Annotation: Ma has made a plate of twelve cookies for her two children to share. Throughout the book, people keep coming to the door, with fewer and fewer cookies being doled out to each person.

Themes: Counting and numbers, sharing, humor

Ways to use the book:

Math - "Grandma's Batch" - Have the children work with partners to count the cookies on Grandma's tray in one of the illustrations (the totals are different in the two pictures). Then ask them to f
Mar 27, 2012 Ruby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: counting
This book is excellent for introducing many different learning experiences with several domains. I would use it to teach the concept of math because of the amount of cookies that are coordinated with the amount of people. The social emotional domain can be used because with the family involvement of eating some cookies that mom made. Also the children can learn from the way the cookies were going to be shared evenly when each person came through the door.This is a great way to introduce the impo ...more
Julie Graham 47150
Mar 21, 2012 Julie Graham 47150 rated it it was amazing
We acted this story out in math today. Everyone brought their dry-erase boards and markers to the carpet. At the beginning of the story a mother bakes a dozen cookies and divides them between her two children. I played the mother, used my students for the children in the story, and passed out real cookies. After I read the page and divided the cookies, I asked my students to write the cookie fraction each child held and the child fraction that each student represented (i.e. first child 6 cookies ...more
Feb 12, 2012 Carolina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: math, sharing
This book is great for counting, sharing, and love. It is good for counting because mom made 12 cookies for Victoria and Sam, which meant they would get six cookies each. Then the doorbell started to ring and everytime it rang it was someone who would stay over, so the amount of cookie would have to be divided but how many people were coming in eveyrtime the doorbell rang. It is good for sharing because, everytime a new person came in the kids would be more then glad to share the cookies with th ...more
Tara Sheehan
Apr 17, 2012 Tara Sheehan rated it really liked it
"The Doorbell Rang" by Pat Hutchins is the perfect book for a math introduction into division. The storyline features a group of children who are attempting to split up a limited amount of "Grandma's Cookies". The book is in a horizontal layout with dark brown end pages.The illustrations are very cartoon like and extremely colorful on a double-page spread, which helps emphasize the amount of children who arrive to split the cookies.They seem to be done with a combination of pencil and paints. Th ...more
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