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# How Much Is a Million?

by
David M. Schwartz (Goodreads Author),
Steven Kellogg

Ever wonder just what a million of something means? How about a billion? Or a trillion? Marvelosissimo the mathematical magician can teach you!

This classic picture book is an ALA Notable Book, a

*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 ...morePaperback, 40 pages

Published
December 28th 2004
by HarperCollins
(first published 1985)

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This book basically explains about how much a million wo ...more

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 ...more

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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...more

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 ...more

*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 ...more

Feb 17, 2011
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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.

**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!

**read aloud to make a curricular connection**

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 ...more

Use in the Classroom:

Curricular Connection: I would definitely use this in a math lesson in first or second grade. Lower elementary ...more

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 ...more

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 ...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 ...more

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 ...more

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?".

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 ...more

Awards:

Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Honor Book

Beehive Award (Utah)

ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice

ALA Notable Children’s Book

Reading Rainbow Book

Bank Street Children's Book Award

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 ...more

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 ...more

**CIP Summary:**

Text and pictures try to make possible the conceptualizati ...more

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 ...more

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 ...more

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.

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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 ...more

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

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