We read this for a "living math" day. The kids had a blast. The book discusses division and subtraction in a totally non-threatening way.

At first he bWe read this for a "living math" day. The kids had a blast. The book discusses division and subtraction in a totally non-threatening way.

At first he bakes 12 cookies (so we talked about what makes a dozen) and he invited 3 friends to come share them. So we divided our cookies onto 3 plates and figured out that 12 divided by 3 is 4.

He eats some cookies then a few more so we showed the reduction and redistribution of the remaining treats.

Then he bakes a cake and divides it into 4, but realizes that is one piece too many...eats half...eats some more...and so on. We used graham crackers for this part.

Finally he bakes 2 blueberry muffins using 9 blueberries to we discussed division, odds/evens, etc. We used marshmallows but you could use real blueberries, M&Ms, whatever. That's just what I had on hand.

My older boys already knew this stuff but they had a lot of fun participating and helping to explain concepts to the younger boys. And they enjoyed the eating! I also had all the boys help make the cookies so we discussed measuring, fractions, etc. and got some good life skills in as well.

We read this in two days during snack time. I wasn't sure how it'd go over in the boy crowd, but when I stopped halfway through yesterday I heard groaWe read this in two days during snack time. I wasn't sure how it'd go over in the boy crowd, but when I stopped halfway through yesterday I heard groans. "No, keep reading....we want to know what happens!"

The story is short and simple and not too mushy (there is a bit of romance). You could use it for a math lesson or just for fun. We enjoyed the story. The illustrations were also nicely done.

It could possibly work as a beginning chapter book, but there are some Chinese names they would need help with as well as words like Imperial. The large numbers are written out (6 million 5 hundred thousand....) but newer readers may not be familiar with those terms either....more

According to my kids this "was funny and weird and weird things happen." We enjoyed the illustrations and the text was rhymey and cutesy. It did a faiAccording to my kids this "was funny and weird and weird things happen." We enjoyed the illustrations and the text was rhymey and cutesy. It did a fairly good job showing different kinds of evens without being a "textbook math book".

We viewed this online and they've watched it several times since. We enjoyed the other book about odds, but the fractions one was not up to par.

I personally would give this 3 or 4 stars, but my kids insisted it get 5....more

This book uses counting to show you different birds and the songs they sing. It's very understated though, as in just briefly mentioned. You could empThis book uses counting to show you different birds and the songs they sing. It's very understated though, as in just briefly mentioned. You could emphasize the counting or just leave it as is.

The illustrations are lovely, using paper cutouts and are quite realistic.

Overall we enjoyed this book. It has some interesting information, but isn't 'deep'.

This was a great little book to introduce beginning multiplication (1-4, starting with 1x1 and ending with 4x4). Good illustrations to support - for eThis was a great little book to introduce beginning multiplication (1-4, starting with 1x1 and ending with 4x4). Good illustrations to support - for example 2x2 has two groups of two items. It's a cute story too.

My 8-year-olds enjoyed it as did my 4-year-old. I heard the 4-yr-old walking around later "4 boys times 2 cars equals 8 things), totally making up his own problems.

We'll try to do some extension/hands-on problems with this book.

This is a level 1 book to teach opposites. I felt that the text didn't flow very well and it was difficult to pick out the opposites. You'd have to doThis is a level 1 book to teach opposites. I felt that the text didn't flow very well and it was difficult to pick out the opposites. You'd have to do a lot of discussing during or afterwards in order for the little guys to understand it. The plot wasn't very captivating and the illustrations were a little odd. For these reasons I think you'd be better served finding a better opposites book. ...more

This is a level 3 book. My littler guys didn't much care for it, but the big guys liked it. This does not teach coin recognition or value. You would nThis is a level 3 book. My littler guys didn't much care for it, but the big guys liked it. This does not teach coin recognition or value. You would need to know that beforehand. This is good though as a supplemental activity once they do know how to count coins.

I think this is a good choice for review or just to help cement the money concept....more

This books deals with patterns. The little sister plays with her brother's cars (when she's not supposed to) and her dad and mom each help her put theThis books deals with patterns. The little sister plays with her brother's cars (when she's not supposed to) and her dad and mom each help her put them away, but not in the right pattern the brother keeps them in. So the little girl has to figure out the pattern before the brother comes back and kicks her butt.

My 4-yr-old figured it out so I think it's right on as level 1. The baby liked it because it had cars. After reading this you could do several activities with patterns.

I didn't much care for this because the darn kid doesn't get in trouble for messing with her brother's stuff, in fact the parents try to cover it up and THEN give her cars of her own. Ugh.

I'm giving this 4 stars with one caveat - I think it's more a level 1 book instead of a level 2 book.

We follow a truck driver down the road and countI'm giving this 4 stars with one caveat - I think it's more a level 1 book instead of a level 2 book.

We follow a truck driver down the road and count various animals as they drive by on other trucks. Like 3 tigers plus 2 more tigers equal 5 tigers. Once the animals pass it shows a sign with the numbers written out and a small picture of each animal above it. So for 3+2=5 there are 3 small tigers above the 3 and 2 small ones above the 2.

My older boys (8 yrs old) listened with interest, but the math was really easy for them. The 4-yr-old really liked the story and the math was just about right for him. It would be a good jumping off point to do some more adding with counters/manipulatives. The 2-yr-old just wanted to make the animal sounds.

Best used for those just starting addition....more

I went back and forth on whether to give this 3 or 4 stars. I went with 4 because my 4-yr-old really loved it. He enjoyed searching through each two-pI went back and forth on whether to give this 3 or 4 stars. I went with 4 because my 4-yr-old really loved it. He enjoyed searching through each two-page spread trying to find all the different shapes. And that really is the point of the book, to teach shapes.

The older boys liked it as well.

So, it was a hit. We read about shapes, identified shapes, had fun. Math lesson over for the day....more

This book has blurry watercolor illustrations. It counts each new bear as it joins the group of friends. Then they all hide and you have to find them.This book has blurry watercolor illustrations. It counts each new bear as it joins the group of friends. Then they all hide and you have to find them.

A nice book for counting up to 10. My pre-k set liked it....more

We all really enjoyed this book. It teaches sorting by groups of 10 and 1 and then regrouping as well. It ALSO teaches the importance of working togetWe all really enjoyed this book. It teaches sorting by groups of 10 and 1 and then regrouping as well. It ALSO teaches the importance of working together and doing your 'fair share' of the work. Sort of like the Little Red Hen.

The story was fun, the pictures were excellent in illustrating the math concepts and I loved the moral. My kids asked if they could practice grouping things around the house after reading it. Um, okay. Love the math books that inspire!

Best used when you're learning place value (10s and 1s) as well as addition with groups of 10s....more

This book very lightly touches on skip counting, by 2s, 3s and 4s. Read in and of itself it's slightly entertaining. Used as a jumping off point it'sThis book very lightly touches on skip counting, by 2s, 3s and 4s. Read in and of itself it's slightly entertaining. Used as a jumping off point it's much more.

My two littlest guys liked it for the pictures. The two older ones liked being able to skip count and we practiced doing it outside of the book. One said, "that's a GOOD book." I love math books that make them smile.

Fairly elementary stuff though - probably best used in first or second grade....more

The boys were laughing at this book. They thought it was so funny to see how the cat worked so hard to get six dinners. A cute story with a happy endiThe boys were laughing at this book. They thought it was so funny to see how the cat worked so hard to get six dinners. A cute story with a happy ending.

You could use this book for counting to six as well as ordinal numbers (first, second, etc). You could also do simple addition (one meal plus one more = and so on).

While it was cute and somewhat educational if tweaked, I'm not sure I'll be using it again. I guess I'll just have to see what other books are out there to teach the same information....more

My kids loved the pictures. They love skunks in general. They're weird like that.

This book was silly and fun, but a little awkward. It's hard to tellMy kids loved the pictures. They love skunks in general. They're weird like that.

This book was silly and fun, but a little awkward. It's hard to tell if it's supposed to rhyme or not, if it's supposed to have a rhythm or not. Reading out loud the text didn't quite flow. And the plot fell just a little flat, a little too forced.

The little skunk counts up to 10 which is helpful for younger kids.

While we enjoyed it, I don't think we'll use it again....more

This was an unexpectedly fun book for us. As a story it's great. It takes the story of the blind men who each feel a different part of the elephant anThis was an unexpectedly fun book for us. As a story it's great. It takes the story of the blind men who each feel a different part of the elephant and come to different conclusions. Only here they are mice. My kids loved the misinterpretations of each character.

We also used this book to learn/review color as well as days of the week and ordinal numbers (first, second, etc).

The pictures are bright and are presented on black pages with white text so it really stands out. The pages are not cluttered or busy. I especially liked one of the final pages which shows each colored mouse standing on or by the part that they had guessed wrong. A wonderful visual for the kids.

Very excellent book. It took us several days to read it as the text is deep. The math was over their first grade heads, but they still really enjoyedVery excellent book. It took us several days to read it as the text is deep. The math was over their first grade heads, but they still really enjoyed the story. The illustrations enhanced the telling as well.

We will read this again for both middle and elementary study. I wish more books were like this....more

We enjoyed this book quite a bit. We had fun counting the dots and looking at the bright pictures. We read it for 'fun', but it helped my 4-yr-old witWe enjoyed this book quite a bit. We had fun counting the dots and looking at the bright pictures. We read it for 'fun', but it helped my 4-yr-old with number recognition and helped reinforce counting.

I'll use this again when I'm teaching the next one to count. I'm sure you could make some fun art and math activities to go with it....more

I had never read this as a child and was pleased to find it.

We first used it as an early reader, but it works great as a read-aloud for little guys toI had never read this as a child and was pleased to find it.

We first used it as an early reader, but it works great as a read-aloud for little guys too. The words are fairly easy and mainly phonetic or sight words. It's fun and has a good rhythm as well.

This book would also work well for math - counting as apples are added and taken away, as additional people join, etc....more

We love snakes and other gross things here so this book fits right in. It is unique though because not only do you learn great things about snakes, buWe love snakes and other gross things here so this book fits right in. It is unique though because not only do you learn great things about snakes, but you learn various math concepts as well. Longest, shortest, comparing, size, etc.

Wonderful book to read-aloud and dig into a bit further with enrichment activities....more

This book always gets my kids laughing and they act it out as I read. It's great for reading aloud and just enjoying it, but you can also use it to woThis book always gets my kids laughing and they act it out as I read. It's great for reading aloud and just enjoying it, but you can also use it to work on colors, counting and sorting.

The main character is such a great example of hard work and self-learning. I was amazed at what he was able to accI was really surprised by this book.

The main character is such a great example of hard work and self-learning. I was amazed at what he was able to accomplish on his own, but searching out and learning what he wanted/needed to. He has a lot of 'bad luck' along the way, but also a lot of people who truly love this humble, industrious man, people who do their best to help him along.

The author did an excellent job developing the characters and moving the action along.

My husband just finished reading this to the kids and they all loved it. I'm sure that a lot of the science and math went over their heads, but the rest of the story was enough to hold their attention. I plan on having them read it when they're older as well.

A valuable addition to any home library and a wonderful man to learn from....more