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The Doorbell Rang

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  3,834 ratings  ·  458 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...more
Paperback, 24 pages
Published October 26th 1989 by Greenwillow Books (first published January 1st 1901)
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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.

Extension
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...more
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
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....more
Ayesha
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...more
Emily
The book the doorbell rang is about a girl and a boy whose mother makes a dozen cookies for them to share when a bunch of friends come over and they have to share them. This book displays the concept of division with coming out and saying as much. It starts out saying “that’s six each” there are two children so you know Ma made 12 cookies initially. Two more children come over so now there are four of them. They say “that’s three each” it is showing how if there are 12 cookies and four kids shar...more
Amber
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
Courtney
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...more
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
Stef Rozitis
This book has repetition to make it accessible but really it is about mathematics (dividing, multiplying, fractions). It has black and white characters who are freinds and need to be included in the sharing.

The final solution to a smaller and smaller share of the cookies is abundance (grandma cooking some more). Before we got to that part I stopped and asked my preschoolers how to share 12 cookies to more than 12 people- the answers ranged from "cooks some more" to "break the cookies in half".

We...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...more
Sabrina
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...more
Diana
Mar 29, 2014 Diana rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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...more
Annalisa
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...more
Katie
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

Ingredients:
Brain Sprinkles
The book
Plastic cookies
Children
Imagination

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...more
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...more
Ruby
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
Carolina
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
MY REVIEW
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...more
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
Katharine
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
Jmarkat
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...more
Gina
The Doorbell rang tells about a mother who makes delicious moist cookies for her children. Each time the doorbell rings, there are more people who comes to share Mom's wonderful cookies. When the cookies seem to run out, there is another doorbell ring. Grandma shows up with more cookies and more people come to enjoy them. Sentences in the book are examples of repeating lines. For a literacy lesson, students may write a short story with repeating lines.
Elizabeth Brown
From a child's point of view, I can see how this book is full of suspense. You never know who is going to show up at the door, or how many people. It can also be a useful tool for teaching addition or subtraction. As a learning experience, the teacher could use real cookies that the children add or subtract as a group and can enjoy once the learning I done. In addition, this book can be used to show how fun and easy it is to share with others.
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