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Millions, Billions, & Trillions

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  214 ratings  ·  66 reviews
The winning nonfiction team returns with a larger-than-life math book that is sure to fascinate young readers. Huge numbers are hard to comprehend. This book explains quantities in terms children can understand. For example, one million dollars could buy two full pizzas a day for more than sixty-eight years.
Library Binding, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Holiday House
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Jun 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: math, picture-book
With examples that make huge numbers easier for youngsters to understand, this text highlights hard-to-imagine numbers such as a million, a billion, and a trillion. The illustrations show exactly how many zeros are needed for the numbers as well as visual representations of them. Readers can think about trying to count to a million, which would take more than eleven days or consider how many pizzas a million dollars could buy--enough to pay for two pizzas every day for at least 68 years. (Althou ...more
Judy Desetti
Very good book and one to add to our collection for math concepts. This book will certainly help kids visualize and understand the numbers of million, billion, and trillion and what it means.

Reminds me of David Schwartz books How Much is a Million? and On Beyond a Million, an amazing math Journey.

How Much Is a Million? by David M. Schwartz On Beyond a Million An Amazing Math Journey by David M. Schwartz


Read this one to my grandson, 2nd grader, and he loved it.
Sondra Eklund
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love it that this book exists! It focuses on putting one million, one billion, and one trillion in terms children can understand.

For example:

There are about one million granules of sugar in 1/4 cup.

The heads on ten thousand people together have about one billion hairs.

With a billion dollars, at five dollars a sundae, you could buy one thousand sundaes every day for more than five hundred years.

One trillion popped kernels of popcorn would fill two billion bags of popcorn -- enough for about si
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May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family
Clever and mindblowing, this book makes it easier to grasp those big numbers that are commonly used but not-so-commonly understood. It's easier to concieve of how big a million is after you learn that there are about a million grains of sugar in a 1/4 cup....a billion is more impressive when you hear it would take more than 32 years to count that high...and a trillion? Just read the book and be wowed by how vast a trillion is. An author's note tackles numbers even beyond a trillion. Surprisingly ...more
Kathryn Bergeron
Jan 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: youth-all, nonfiction
Summary: Large numbers!

Why I Read This: I meant to order "Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Economy", but I ordered this instead.

Review: It wasn't bad. I learned all kinds of fun things. Did you know that you can't count to a trillion?
Jordan Peluso
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
1. N/A
2. 2nd grade-4th grade
3. This book introduces the concepts of bigger numbers to children. Putting these big numbers into simpler terms, Alder takes notions such as a billion and parallels it to how many grains of sugar is in 1/4th cup. Another example would be when he uses the notion of 1 million dollars and says that this amount of money could buy 2 full pizzas everyday for the next 68 years.
4. I think this book could be beneficial when learning about big numbers for children because the
Emily Peters
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rdng-350
This book explains what a million looks like and a billion and also a trillion. All of these are big numbers and this book explains what it looks like. They use different examples throughout the book to provide the knowledge of what it looks like.
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I liked this book. I think this is a fun book and it can show children in a fun way what math is and what it looks like to have such big numbers
I would love to have posters from this book in my classroom! This would als
Concetta Kellough
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Not only will it help children to understand the concept of large numbers, but it also was fascinating to me to read the different examples of what the numbers would represent in terms of eating two pizzas a day for so many years, how much money a billionaire could give away, etc.
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book breaks down a big number for kids in ways they understand. They connect it to things they would understand like how much money buying 2 pizzas every day for 68 years would cost. This was a fun book with great illustrations. I give it a 4 because it's a great book to teach with kids in ways they'd love.
Taya Bower
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-books
This book is about teaching children big numbers. The author use children's terms and fun examples to help teach this children the importance of knowing your big numbers. It's humorous and engaging for any age. I think this book is a great way to get these ideas and concepts across and for that reason. I gave this book a 4 star rating.
Whole And
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great resource to understand BIG numbers with real life applications such as population numbers and comparisons to fun facts to keep kids interested and getting them thinking about and understanding the impact of such large numbers.
Mary Madison
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: child-lit
This book explains big numbers in a way that kids can truly understand. It answers questions like "How many ice cream Sundays would one billion dollars buy?". I would read this in any elementary classroom because I think the kids would be fascinated. This book is fabulous!!
Jesse Cox
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the representation of numbers through illustrations so the kiddos can comprehend easily. The examples are relatable, yet will require children to think critically. Overall a fun read for a classroom to involve everyone, and learn at the same time.
Ashley Frickson
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: informational
A math book for young readers. This book helps children with huge numbers that are hard to comprehend.
Very easy to understand concept on millions, billions, and trillions. A must-have.
Stephanie Watson
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Does a good job covering the concept of large numbers. Very similar to "How Much is a Million" by David Schwartz - which I would probably choose over this one if I was going to pick just one.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Used this book more than once in my class. I enjoyed it and so did the kids.
Maria Caplin
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great visuals of large numbers. Inquiry questions first weeks of math workshop
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked it because it showed all about trillions billions millions and and how long it takes to count that high
May 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: informational
This book is about teaching children big numbers. The author uses children terms and fun examples to help teach children the importance of knowing big numbers.
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction

(Primary) Millions, Billions, and Trillions by David A. Alder

Twin Text: How Many Jellybeans by Andrea Menotti Copyright 2012

Rationale: I selected this book because it shows the journey of two kids who learn about large numbers through counting jellybeans. Emma and Aiden start out by requesting small amounts of jellybean and eventually get to numbers like one million! Sometimes, such big numbers can seem abstract to younger students, because they never face them in their daily life. This book als
Laura (Amys)
One million is a lot, but a billion is even more and a trillion is so big that it's nearly impossible to count to. If you want to know how many slices of pizza you could by for 68 years with one million dollars of how high a trillion dollar bills stacks up to be, this book is for you. Even if you want to learn a little bit more about how big these numbers truly are, I would recommend reading it. It has wonderful illustrations and comparisons to help you realize how big a million, billion and tri ...more
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
INFORMATIONAL - This informational text by David Adler provides a great example of how picture books can be used in subjects other than just reading and literature. By creating concrete examples and connections of what the number one million, one billion, and one trillion look like students in upper elementary and beyond can begin to understand the scope of the symbolic representations we typically restrict ourselves to in math class. The interactive text that talks directly to the readers asks ...more
Tracy St. John
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I could see my first graders falling in love with this book! They are fascinated by large numbers and I frequently have to pull them back on track when they start asking about huge numbers in the middle of math class! This book focuses on the number one million, one billion, and one trillion and attempts to relate it to things more measurable to children (or at least show them how farfetched some of these numbers are!) Another topic this book touches on is counting to each of these numbers, oh t ...more
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
When our youngest daughter first saw this book, she said that she didn't need to read it since she knew all about these numbers. She knew that a million was a one with six zeroes, etc. But I told her to give it a chance.

This is a really fun book to read aloud with children. I loved how the book put into context what each of these numbers really mean, so that when we talk about a million, billion, trillion (or even higher), we truly get a concept of what that stands for. The examples are tangibl
Michelle Moore
Core Curricular Tie: Math and Social Studies

How Could Be Used:
This would be a perfect book to introduce place value. It has visuals and helps kids understand how big these numbers really are. It also talks about in which ways these big numbers are used. It would be good for social studies because it talks about how important it is to understand these big numbers for population and what politicians are talking about when talking about government spending.

Visuals are so important in math
Abby Johnson
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book succinctly and graphically explains huge numbers like millions, billions, and trillions. Want to have a concept of what a million is? Take a quarter cup of sugar and pour it out onto a piece of dark construction paper. You have about a million grains of sugar there. The book uses solid examples that will help kids conceptualize these huge numbers. I can see using this book in a library program about math - pair it with David Schwartz's HOW MUCH IS A MILLION? and his IF YOU HOPPED LIKE ...more
Ashley Simpson
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reading-350
This math book shows how things work in kids' heads in simple terms. It compares different numbers to the hairs on our heads to grans of sugar to popcorn kernels.

This was a really cool math book that relates the readers to their everyday lives'. It's simplistic and the kids would be able to read this book well, even if they don't enjoy the subject of math.

This would definitely make a couple of appearances in my classroom and even more in my lessons. It's good to know how to relay the material i
Kaycie Fletcher
This book is a very good one to use in the classroom. It focuses on giving big numbers a reality to grasp for students. This would be a great book to use in the classroom because it might help wrap the minds of young students around these big, difficult numbers. I know that it honestly helped me, and I am 20! He uses examples such as, a 1/4 scoop of sugar has about a million granules in it. That is crazy! And he uses many more illustrations of every day things that students are actually familiar ...more
May 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
“Millions…” is a great book to read to overcome the fear of large numbers. I have been frazzled most of my life with big daunting numbers such as a million, let alone trillions! David Adler suggests comparisons to what a million could feel like so the readers can get a better inkling of what such a large number could consist of. This is a non-fiction book and David Adler and Edward Miller did a wonderful job introducing large numbers to children of all ages.
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Adler was born in New York City, New York. He graduated from Queens College in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in economics and education. For the next nine years, he worked as a mathematics teacher for the New York City Board of Education, while taking classes towards a master's degree in marketing, a degree he was awarded by New York University in 1971. In that same year, a question from his then- ...more