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For Good Measure: The Ways We Say How Much, How Far, How Heavy, How Big, How Old

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  61 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
A bushel of facts and fabulous photographs make this 24 Karat informational book shine.

The mile gets its name from the term mille passus, whichmeans “a thousand paces.†The abbreviation for pound (lb.) comes from the Latin libra pondo. Feet, pounds, quarts, miles: these are words we use every day. But where did they originate, and what do they actually mean?

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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by Flash Point (first published 2010)
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Victoria Whipple
Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Robbins takes on a huge task in this book, explaining various types of measurement that we use every day. The book is broken down into sections that talk about different units of measurement: length/distance, area, weights, liquid measures and dry capacities, and finally time. The measurements he discusses are those used in the U.S., though he does give a brief discussion of the metric system and includes metric equivalents parenthetically when they apply.
While the curious students could easily
The information and photos were interesting, but it was a bit much for casual browsing. This would probably be useful in an elementary school math class.

Most of the pictures are fabulous, but why the selection of the thoroughly unattractive man for all of the human measurements? (Hopefully these are not pictures of Ken Robbins!)
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Kudos to Robbins for writing a book about weights and measures for young children. Unfortunately, it was quite dry and the human-based measurement illustrations were a bit strange. I can see this book being useful in a school setting, but it's not something I want for my home library.
Dec 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
BORING! the first few pages were ok, but then it just went ON & ON!
Oct 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
For Good Measure is a nonfiction picturebook written for primary readers.

This book defines units of measure and gives a history of what the measure was and is used for, as well as the history of the unit name. Many measurements we use daily have interesting histories.

The book doesn't have characters as it is informational and the author does an excellent job of describing the terms and uses of measures. The photographs used are very well done and add an excellent visual to go with the text. The
Naomi Gaca
For Good Measure by, Ken Robbins
This is a book that covers every type of measurement there is. It starts by discussing length and distance, then talks about area, weights, liquid and dry measurement, and ends with explanations of time. There is so much great information incorporated into a colorful and fun book. I even learned some new facts from this one.

I paired this book with...

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Derek DeHart
Feb 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Disclosure: I received this book for free via GoodRead's First Reads.

I'm almost embarrassed, now, to admit that I had no idea that this was a children's book when I requested a copy. Nevertheless, the quick 48 pages offered up some linguistic tidbits even I didn't know. The simple (though informative, and never really condescending) language is complemented very nicely with lush photography that makes it either a worthwhile addition to a child's library or even a worthy coffee table book in more
Valerie Barnhart
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Love this book of measurements for young children to grasp the concept of fathom, furlong, league, hectare, section (for those non-farm kids), ounce, pound, dram, carat, drop, cup (for the noncooking students), quart, gallon, peck, pint, bushel, year, day, minute, hour, fortnight, month, and eon. The book is broken up into smaller sections with lengths and distance, weights, area, liquid measures, dry capacities, and time. It helps in showing pictures of relationship to the size or amounts.
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I was a "First-Reads" winner of this book. The first thing that caught my attention were the beautiful photographs! Great information, this book is full of interesting facts and is great for answering questions from those little, curious minds! My kids immediately loved the crisp, colorful pictures and I felt the layouts were very nice. This would make an awesome coffee table book, but is equally suited for a child's library. (If you can bear to give it up!)
Sarah Souther
For something that's supposed to be so precise, units of measurement can be pretty illogical. Anyone dividing pounds by 16, feet by 12, or figuring out what the heck a peck is will agree. Robbins succinctly explains a variety of measurements and their origins. Clean, uncluttered photos help readers conceptualize what they mean, such as the pictures of a buffalo and a VW Beetle to illustrate how heavy a ton is. Gr. 3-6.
Jun 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: math
This book revels in the complication of English measures. It defines all the units of measure, explains their origin, and tells how they're used today, accompanied by crystalline photographs. I found it gorgeous and informative. I never knew that both "inch" and "ounce" came from the Latin "uncia," which means one-twelfth.
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Photographs illustrate a variety of measurements, from common ones like a foot, to more unusual ones, like a fathom (week, fortnigt; teaspoon, drop; pound; stone). Definitions & origins of the unit of measure make for interesting reading.

For elementary age and older (not as much for preschool, though can share several pages rather than the whole book.)
Maggi Rohde
May 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, math
A word geek's treasure trove. I was totally engaged. Example: "A fathom equals six feet... The tip of the right hand to the tip of the left... The Old English word actually meant outstretched arms. When we say we can't fathom something, in a sense we're saying that we can't wrap our arms around it." Awesome.
Emmaus Public  Library
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This picture book describes accurately and concisely historical (not metric) ways of measuring. Including interesting (and short) bits on how the measurements came into effect, and what they originally meant.
Michael Fitzgerald
Extremely factual. Nice photos.
Historical, cultural, and scientific information about units of measurement. Informative, but not particularly engaging.
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book will be perfect for text features with our new common core curriculum.....and will be perfect when we teacher customary/metric measurement. Wish I had it two weeks ago.
Clear, concise resource to visually show non-metric measurements.
May 25, 2016 rated it liked it
A great introduction to the historical origins of various units of measurements. Great big pictures and text that doesn't drag on. Readaloud material, so long as you don't try to do it all at once.
Ann Williams
A great non fiction picture book about measurement and the origins of measurement vocabulary. The photos are fantastic! This book will be used many times throughout the school year.
Nadiyah Alanazi
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I like this book information about different types of measurement that we use to measure things. It is a really helpful book.
An attractive, photographic package that introduces measurement in a visual way that will appeal to children and help them understand the basics of measurement.
Oct 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Great explanations, with both words and pictures, of how we measure the world around us.
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