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How Much Is a Million?

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  3,626 ratings  ·  198 reviews
Ever wonder just what a million of something means? How about a billion? Or a trillion? Marvelosissimo the mathematical magician can teach you! How Much is a Million? knocks complex numbers down to size in a fun, humorous way, helping children conceptualize a difficult mathematical concept.

This classic picture book is an ALA Notable Book, a Reading Rainbow Feature Selectio
Paperback, 40 pages
Published December 28th 2004 by HarperCollins (first published 1985)
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I have actually first heard of this book through “Weston Woods” and I have enjoyed it ever since! “How Much Is a Million?” is a mathematical children's book by David M. Schwartz along with illustrations by Steven Kellogg and it is about how Marvelosissimo the Mathematical Magician shows kids how much it would take to count to a million! “How Much Is a Million?” is a truly brilliant book for children who want to learn more about mathematics!

This book basically explains about how much a million wo
Jenna Dillon
Brief summary: This book is about a explaining the magnitude of the number: one million. It goes through different scenarios that involve the number so that children can better understand that a million is huge.Genre: non-fiction, informational guide to understanding concepts
Reading Level: This book is for transitional readers because the text placement is varied and there are multiple lines on most pages. There is a mixture of regular and some harder words, which were mostly one or two syllable
My six-year-old is insatiable about numbers right now, and this book absolutely hits the spot. It is mind-blowing, as the illustrations (Stephen Kellogg is a favorite of mine) and narrative effectively explore VERY large numbers that you sometimes hear thrown around in the news. Here you will learn that a trillion (a thousand billion) really is tremendous.

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If one million kids climbed onto one another's shoulders, they would be... taller than the tallest buildings, higher than the high
Amy Musser
How many years would it take you to count to one million? One billion? One trillion? What if you wanted to find a goldfish bowl big enough to hold a million or a billion or a trillion gold fish? This humorous, but accurate book follows a group of kids and Marvelosissimo, the Mathematical Magician, to answers these questions.

The illustrations show energetic children amazed at the sights Marvelosissimo shows them. The pictures are full of movement, splashing whales, climbing children. I also love
Nov 09, 2011 Tatiana rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: K-3
Kindergarteners make an excellent reading audience. At tutoring every week, we primarily practice letter, number, and quantity recognition with the group of students, so when I found How Much is a Million? on the Title 1 bookshelf, it was an ideal break-out when their attentions drifted away from the white board work.

This is a good concept book, and I was already thinking of how I could write an interactive reading lesson plan around it (probably with the focus of fantasy v. reality or repetiti
Feb 17, 2011 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This book offers a fun and imaginative way to describe just how big a million, a billion and a trillion are using concrete figures of a child's height, time, a quantity of water, and pages of stars to illustrate the somewhat abstract concept of such large numbers. The information was mind-blowing and the illustrations are fun. We are looking forward to reading If You Made a Million and On Beyond a Million: An Amazing Math Journey by this author.
Have you ever wondered how much really is a million? Well if you read this book, you can stop wondering. This book talks about how a million would look in many different forms. In the form of stars and then in the form of items on the Earth. I would love to have this book in my classroom and no matter what age, I would love to talk to the children about numbers. When talking about numbers you can talk about small numbers a lot, but we never really talk about big numbers, numbers that seem intang ...more
Alyssa Ruehl
Personal reaction
I loved this book. I wish I had it when I was in elementary school. Mrs. Siegler introduced this book to us in Math 109 Lab, and I didn't even know books like this existed! I never really understood how much a million was until I read this book, and I didn't even know I didn't understand this!

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I would read this aloud for math purposes. Many students at this age may not be able to grasp how much a million really is, so this book would he
Elizabeth Kirkland
In this book, How Much Is A Million, the author, David M. Schwartz makes counting fun. In fact, he makes the possibility of large numbers seem fun. With the help from illustrator Steven Kellogg, he puts into perspective just how large numbers past one million really are. He conceptualizes these large numbers in a way that makes them easier to imagine. He makes them a not so scary concept for those of us who might get sacred by the thought of a number so large. Oftentimes, students (and even we ...more
Mar 29, 2014 Diana rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: math
Have you ever wondered how would a million look? A billion? A trillion? This fun book illustrates the magnitude of these numbers by illustrating them in different ways. For example, if one million kids sat on each other’s shoulders, they would reach farther up than airplanes can fly. This book also includes examples of how many stars and pages a million, billion, and trillion would fill! This book illustrates how much numbers weight and it is great for elementary school children. I would use thi ...more
Kristina Befort
Personal Reaction: This book was introduced to me in my math lab this semester, and I thought it was a very interesting book. The author goes through the book describing how much a million really is, using descriptions and illustrations. I thought this provided a great visual representation of large numbers, which younger students sometimes struggle with quite a bit.

Use in the Classroom:
Curricular Connection: I would definitely use this in a math lesson in first or second grade. Lower elementary
Kristine Mathias
content Statements:

1. If you wanted to count from 1 to 1 Million it would take you about 23 days.
2. To count to one billion it would take you 3 billion seconds.
3. It would take 6 trillion seconds or 190,259 years to reach the number 1 trillion.

I would use this in the math center as it offers great explanations about numbers and it puts explanations into perspective for children.

This book really helps children grasp the concept of big numbers. The author does a great job of putting into perspecti
Kaitlin McDonough
Personal Response:
I really enjoyed this book. I thought the illustrations were really fun to look at as the story progressed. The illustrations help the story more along and help teach the reader a million. This is a book I think students will also be a book that students will also really enjoy.
Use in the Classroom:
This book could be used in the classroom to help teach math to students. It could help teach quantity and what a the number a million looks like. Sometimes when students first start
How Much Is a Million? by David M Schwartz is a beautifully illustrated guide to bringing big numbers down to size. Children and students may be looking at the world in all its vastness, marveling at the sheer size of the skies. If so, this is the book for them! A wonderfully enlightening journey following Marvelosissimo the Mathematical Magician as he puts big numbers into contexts that kids can grasp. An informational text in the guise of a picture book, Schwartz makes math and learning fun. T ...more
Katie Foster
This is a perfect book to gauge how many a million really is! It has fun facts about the number million. For example, the author writes that if you were to count to a million, it would take you about 23 days. Then the book goes on to gauge how many a billion is, and then a trillion. It really puts the differences of those three numbers in perspective! At the end of the book, the author has further information about how to compare a million. For example, he tells us that on average children are 4 ...more

How Much Is a Million?, shows the reader through different examples how large numbers can really be with real life things that they can imagine.

Beautiful illustrations and simple math concepts to help children understand the math concept of a large number like a million, with the fun and silly examples the reader will surly want to read on. The illustrations far surpass the words, they are magical, imaginative, detailed, and fun. It definitely has the gusto to keep the reader captivated. I real
Aubrey Thorne
Genre: informational

Annotation:Ever wonder just what a million of something means? How about a billion? Or a trillion? Marvelosissimo the mathematical magician can teach you! How Much is a Million? knocks complex numbers down to size in a fun, humorous way, helping children conceptualize a difficult mathematical concept.

Themes: Number Sense, Ratio, Proportion, Scale

Ways to Use: accompany a math lesson on place value, Social Studies: Millions of People: Mention that many cities in the United Stat
Elines Flores
How much is one million? one billion? one trillion? This author uses concrete devises to express these massive quantities. For example, "if one million kids climbed onto one another's shoulders, they would be taller than the tallest buildings, higher than the highest mountains, and farther up than the airplanes in the sky." Children and adults alike can mentally picture these comparisons which makes the concept a little easier to grasp. Also, the illustrators use of color and subtle strokes spar ...more
I love this math book. Fun!
Bridgette Hossbach
Book: How Much is a Million?
Author: David M. Shwartz
Illustrator: Steven Kellogg
Pages: 40

This book is a great visual aid while trying to teach place values. It helps students conceptualize their understanding of larger numbers. The book answers the question "how much?" in concrete terms by using familiar objects. This teaches the amount from one million to one trillion. It would also be useful for reinforcing volume understanding by using the fish bowl/tank as an example to explain "how much?".
I've been reading this book to my classes pretty much my entire career. I am not certain how I came upon it, but it is a good book to demonstrate exactly how large numbers are. I used to have an oversize edition of this book, but it remained in the classroom at my former school. I now check out this book from our school library each year.

It takes 23 days to count from one to one million. It takes 95 years to count from one to one billion. A fish bowl the size of a football stadium is needed to h
Genre: K-3 Concept Book
Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Honor Book
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This book is an excellent children's concept book. It begins by talking about a million, then a billion, and finally a trillion. For each of these huge numbers, the author gives almost unbelievable pictures and descriptions of how big these numbers actually are. For example, "if a goldfish bowl were b
Joanna Marple
"If one million kids climbed onto one another's shoulders, they would be taller than the tallest buildings, higher than the highest mountains, and farther up than airplanes can fly." Marvelosissimo the Mathematical Magician holds an unforgettable math class. This book basically explains about how much a million would be visually, comparing it to kids standing on shoulders, or stars on a page or goldfish in a goldfish bowl. He then proceeds to use the same imagery to explain a billion and a trill ...more
I cannot for the life of me figure out why there is a unicorn in this book. There are aliens when the kids make a tower to Saturn’s rings, and I understand that, but the unicorn just seems completely out of place. Yes, Marvelosissimo is a “mathematical magician,” but I don’t think that requires the presence of a unicorn. It’s just baffling.
Besides that, this is a pretty straight-forward and entertaining book. The cover illustration is so busy, despite the white space that serves to highlight the
Amar Pai
I like what this book is going for, even though (IMO) it utterly fails. The problem is, you just can't conceive of a trillion. A million, maybe. A billion, doubtful but possible. A trillion, forget it. The book attempts to convey the relative scale of these numbers via how big a goldfish bowl w/ that many goldfish would be, how tall a human ladder with that many humans would be, etc. One step away from using "football fields" or "pencils stacked end to end." The metaphors are kinda tired and I d ...more
Ever have trouble visualizing a million, or a billion, or even a trillion of something? Then this is the book for you! Marvelosissimo the Mathematical Magician brings the concept of large numbers down into objects children can visualize, such as gold fish, or stars, or even kids...a million kids? Hard to imagine, unless you have this book. Use it for preschool storytime or even the math section of a preschool or K-2 classroom.

CIP Summary:
Text and pictures try to make possible the conceptualizati
Book Title: How Much is a Million
In this book, there are many ways to represent the number one million. It gives the students a visual of what one million really looks like.
Informational: This story helps children to see and understand what one million looks like. It tells you how many days it would take you to count to 1 million, how big a fish bowl would be to hold 1 million fish etc.
Ending: How much is a Million ends with representing 1 trillion in multiple ways to show children how much th
Whitney Bailey
This book helps put into perspective large quantities of numbers: millions, billions, and trillions. For students to be able to understand through pictures and words, how to better grasp the conceptual side of how much a million of something might look like.

This book does an excellent job for students to be able to "see" what a million of something would look like through the visual's it presents in within the book.

This book is an informational type of literacy that brings the students ways to
Holly Sandefer
Numbers can be an abstract and challenging concept for children. This book gives children a visual representation for numbers such as one million and one billion. Students will start to understand the concept of higher numbers with the visuals.

I would use this book as an additional resource while teaching math. Students will be awe struck as they read this.

I think this book is appropriate for any classroom.
According to Scholastic book wizard the grade level equivalent is 2.1.
Katherine Codino
A enthusiastic book that makes children excited to read as they learn math! A group of children follow a mathematician who explain how you an count and shore a million, billion or trillion. This book is very well written, with short and effective sentences. The illustrations are vivid with a lot of color and life! A wonderful imaginative book, which is sure to spark creativity in young minds.
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As a child, I was filled with a sense of awe as I contemplated the universe. The huge numbers of stars and their sizes and distances never failed to amaze me. With binoculars and magnifying glass, I also focused on closer subjects like birds, flowers, frogs and bugs.

But science and math weren't my only fascinations: I also loved bicycles, baseball, boats…and ice cream. Years later, on a clear spr
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