This book serves as both an Earth Day celebration and a math lesson in place value for large numbers. The main story follows three students and theirThis book serves as both an Earth Day celebration and a math lesson in place value for large numbers. The main story follows three students and their involved teacher who form the Save-the-Planet Club and want to collect 5,000 cans to recycle so that they can buy flowers to decorate the local park. As they collect cans there are plenty of opportunities for readers to practice counting by 10s, 100s, and 1000s. There are also random facts about the history of Earth Day and recycling throughout the pages. The story ends with an Earth Day Festival at the park where they plant the flowers.

The illustrations are painted, realistic cartoons....more

A simple counting book that follows 10 trick-or-treaters throughout the night as one-by-one they are scared off by monsters. The book serves its purpoA simple counting book that follows 10 trick-or-treaters throughout the night as one-by-one they are scared off by monsters. The book serves its purpose, getting students to practice counting. The last page is a counting page with pieces of candy to help count to 10.

The illustrations look computer generated with children who have giant round heads, a la South Park. There are a lot of pastel colors despite the spooky night's setting....more

I am not a fan of this book. The book is supposed to help students practice their math skills, but the loose story of an uncle in Antartica sending moI am not a fan of this book. The book is supposed to help students practice their math skills, but the loose story of an uncle in Antartica sending more and more penguins is a bit disturbing. The uncle is supposed to be trying to save the penguins, but he send them in small crates and overwhelms a single house with 365 penguins. The thin environmental message is overshadowed by the fact that the penguins are not living a good life in their new, foreign environment--they get stuffed in filing cabinets and cubbies.

Teaches addition, multiplication, cubes, and shapes with the answers upside down on the page.

The orange, black and white illustrations are simplistic and reminiscent of older picture books before revolutions in printing capabilities came about....more

This is a fun way to incorporate reading and math. Each two page spread has a rhyming riddle in poem form and a corresponding picture to help the readThis is a fun way to incorporate reading and math. Each two page spread has a rhyming riddle in poem form and a corresponding picture to help the reader figure out the answer. The back provides tha answers and an explanation as to why they are right, to help out math-challenged parents....more

I can't speak for the accuracy of the math concepts in this book, but I love mixing math and literacy. These poems are well written and interactive siI can't speak for the accuracy of the math concepts in this book, but I love mixing math and literacy. These poems are well written and interactive since they are in two voices. The could provide a whole different look at mathematical concepts for students who are stronger in English and art. I know that if I had access to math poems as a kid, I might have developed a more favorable attitude toward math....more

An interesting book where neighboring farmers have to split their herds of cows everyday because they keep jumping the fence. The farmers count by eveAn interesting book where neighboring farmers have to split their herds of cows everyday because they keep jumping the fence. The farmers count by even and odd numbers. But, the one farmer does the wrong math and gives the other too many cows each day. The story could provide good discussion for why the farmer is counting wrong, but the bad math might be confusing for younger readers. The strong rhyme and repetition in the story, as well as the goofy ending should appeal to kids....more

This book is part of th Math Matters series. It is labeled as K-2, "counting and skip counting", but the text is much too complicated as an independenThis book is part of th Math Matters series. It is labeled as K-2, "counting and skip counting", but the text is much too complicated as an independent read for that age range--it would be best used as a read aloud to practice counting. Pablo practices counting by the twos, fives, and tens.

The story shows a young boy who is excited about counting and whose creative idea helps his abuela sell all of her vegetables at the market....more

This is one of my all time favorite books. I read it when I was young and was immediately hooked by the science and science fiction. It is adventurousThis is one of my all time favorite books. I read it when I was young and was immediately hooked by the science and science fiction. It is adventurous, but not for the squeamish. Give the first few chapters a break as soon as the dinosaur tour starts, it is non-stop action.

Some fun elements from the book to teach/discuss are chaos theory, fractals, genetic engineering, gender equity in survival situations, gifted children and gifted adults, science ethics, cloning, leadership, and, of course, dinosaurs....more

This book is an odd retelling of the Three Little Pigs nursery rhyme that incorporates discussion of mathematics and probability. I don’t understand eThis book is an odd retelling of the Three Little Pigs nursery rhyme that incorporates discussion of mathematics and probability. I don’t understand enough math to know if the formulas are sound, but there is an extensive author’s note that goes in depth into the math concepts....more

This is a fantastic book to help teach counting in twos. The book counts up to two dozen by counting first in the even pairs and then in odd pairs. ThThis is a fantastic book to help teach counting in twos. The book counts up to two dozen by counting first in the even pairs and then in odd pairs. The use of crayons in the pictures to demonstrate the numbers, can easily be translated into a bodily-kinesthetic activity where students use real crayons to interact with the text. Plus, the pages rhyme creating an easy to remember saying that helps count by twos....more

This is an interesting counting book; it counts from 1 to 10 and then starts counting by tens until 100. Each picture shows how the people in our commThis is an interesting counting book; it counts from 1 to 10 and then starts counting by tens until 100. Each picture shows how the people in our community are like extended family, working together to a common goal. The illustrations, watercolor and ink, show people from many ethnicities and backgrounds living in harmony as well as pitching in to help make a better world. A fun way to teach counting in tens, introduce ecology, and to discuss how the community we live in effects our lives....more

This cultural numbers book can be used to practice counting with very young pre-readers and to talk about Japanese culture with older readers. Each paThis cultural numbers book can be used to practice counting with very young pre-readers and to talk about Japanese culture with older readers. Each page has a number and a haiku that corresponds with the illustration. But, the best part is that at the bottom of each page, there is also a small paragraph explaining different cultural elements that can be found in either the text or pictures. The book unfolds as a young girl takes a walk through a traditional Japanese garden; the artwork is created using oil paint glazes and captures the colors and beauty of nature. The final two page illustration shows all of the things that readers have counted along the way in a panoramic of the Japanese garden....more

I re-read this book after meeting the author John Green at a teacher's conference. He was incredibly quick witted and just as funny in person as in thI re-read this book after meeting the author John Green at a teacher's conference. He was incredibly quick witted and just as funny in person as in this book. His acceptance speech for the Printz honor was fantastic and well worth visiting the American Library Association's website for the transcript. In the speech, he discussed that he wanted to write a book with a muslim character that was a normal guy, much like his college roomate. He wanted to combat the stereotypes and prejudices that come with being Arabic and muslim in our post-9/11 society. The fact that the result is one of the funniest books I have ever read is a testament to how cool he is. Katherines is a riot and even though I hate math, I found the formulas fascinating.