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The Doorbell Rang

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  4,538 ratings  ·  480 reviews
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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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
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
Erin Reda
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
Aug 06, 2013 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Kacie Blakley
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.
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
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
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 Musser
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
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
Ruqayya Jarad
"The Doorbell Rang” by Pat Hutchins. A story about a mother who makes 12 cookies for her two kids to share; thus, 6 cookies for each child. On each page more children drop by and come to the kitchen and the children have to share the 12 cookies. This continues until there is only one cookie left for each. Finally, the bell rang and it is the grandmother with a batch of chocolate chips cookies. This is a lively story of family love and sharing. Teachers can teach young kids some math basics, and ...more
Kathryn Brunk
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
This story by Pat Hutchins is about a mother who bakes cookies for her children. The start off with mopre than enough for the two of them to eat, but every time the children split up the cookies so everyone has the same amount to eat the doorbell rings. Each time the doorbell rings there are several more kids visiting and the two children have to share their cookies with their friends. Each time they have to divide the cookies up again into smaller portions so ever child gets to eat the same amo ...more
Salima Sikandar
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
Mar 29, 2014 Diana rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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
Serene Atkins-Tate
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
Honah Miller
This book uses the repetitive simple action of the doorbell ringing to make a story about division. Each time the doorbell rings, more people come to the kitchen to share the plate of cookies, so they have to divide the number of cookies equally each time getting fewer and fewer cookies each time. The repetitiveness of the story and phrases of "the doorbell rang" and "no one makes cookies like Grandma" make this book engaging for beginning readers. The characters in the story are diverse, from l ...more
Chiix Moses
I like this book because it takes something that is usually not so fun, math, and makes it into something everyone loves, cookies! Something I firmly believe is that learning is best when it doesn't feel like learning, and that is precisely what this books accomplishes. In this book children are introduced to division, without the word division even being mentioned. I like this book also because it is not a book that has to be used for math, it is versatile. This book could also be used
Necole Penn
I love cookies the reason this book had my attention and sharing is the key to recieving more. The Doorbell Rang basically shows children how to share and be patient. Being patient allows time for more great things or more accomondations for friends and youself. Sharing is the key to a classroom and also the key to having positive people, like friends around you. This book is a great learning experience for children to not become selfish but to share their things with others. Giving other oppert ...more
Ashley M.
This children story is a hidden lesson in patience and sharing with others that all children can gain benefit from. Sometimes good things are given and must be shared with others. When you are not prepared to share more than intend this choice can be hard for children. The phrases used in the story will keep the children guessing who's at the door and wondering how all the cookies will be divided. The vocabulary is easy to understand and the keeps the story easy for children to understand the ma ...more
This is a short little book about sharing and friendship. The mother in the story bakes 12 cookies for her two children. They are excited because that is 6 cookies each. They talk about how they look and smell as good as their grandma's, but the mom says "no one makes cookies like Grandma" and then the doorbell rings. Two friends stop by and now they can each have three cookies each. The doorbell continues to ring until there are 12 children at the table each with one cookie. The doorbell rings ...more
The doorbell rang is a picture book intended for ages 4-8 years old primary/intermediate levels.
Victoria and Sam were excited to eat the cookies that their mom made for them. the doorbell kept ringing and more and more friends kept coming over to share the cookies until there was barely enough for everyone. just then grandma rang the doorbell with a big batch of cookies to share.
I gave this book four stars because it had a lot of moral reasoning behind the story. It showed generosity, thoughtful
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