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The Doorbell Rang

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  7,739 ratings  ·  691 reviews
Each ring of the doorbell brings more friends to share the delicious cookies Ma has made in this beloved classic.

This enjoyable read-aloud picture book about friendship, sharing, and cookies can also be used to introduce basic math concepts to young children.

The Doorbell Rang was named a Notable Book for Children by the American Library Association.
Paperback, 24 pages
Published October 26th 1989 by Greenwillow Books (first published 1986)
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Francesca Lee
Jun 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Simple language and lots of repetitive phrases in this book such as 'the doorbell rang' and 'no one makes cookies like Grandma'. There is some maths involved in this book as the story is about sharing cookies! Children could work out how many each child will get each time the doorbell rings before the next page reveals how many each child would get. At the end when Ma realises the children all have one cookie to eat each the doorbell rings again but she doesn't answer in case someone else wants ...more
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Well now that's pretty darn cute. Simple, but fun. Apparently popular among my library's homeschooling families, which makes sense. ...more
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Yes, I am in a weird mood, so this is a weird "review." Don't say I didn't warn you.

The recipe for a good reading of this book.

Est. Time: 20 minutes

Brain Sprinkles
The book
Plastic cookies

This recipe works best when all children are in one specific area (for instance, on a rug) together. Begin by tossing the brain sprinkles to the children. They will get excited, and possibly begin hopping about whilst squealing and throwing their hands in the air. That is perfectly
Paloma Calvillo
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The book The Doorbell rang is about a mother who bakes delicious cookies enough for her children, but what will she do when her doorbell rings and rings with each one more children coming in to snatch a bite of her homemade cookies? This is a great and easy read for children. It has just enough excitement, fun, and suspense to keep the reader going. The loud colors of the illustrations also keeps the readers eyes focused on the characters.

The text structure was in a sequence because it went ste
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Now this is how you incorporate math into a story. The rhythmic, repetitive narrative and simple, but entertaining plot have a math lesson woven into them without being overly didactic. The way in which the cookies are divided based on the number of children is easy to understand.

The illustrations are not my favorite, but they are cartoonish and colorful and help tell the story. We really enjoyed reading this book together.
Zoe's Human
Jul 29, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lt
That was a completely boring story, and I didn't like the art. It might make children hate math and reading. ...more
Becca Ramsey
This book is a cute book for sure. The story is about a little boy and girl whose grandmother made them cookies. They were so happy because they were each going to get 6 each. However, their friends kept ringing the doorbell and coming in. Before long, there were 12 friends over. which meant everyone only got 1 cookie. The little girl was upset because she wanted more cookies. The door bell rang one last time and the Ma told them that they better eat their cookie before she opened the door becau ...more
Sagheer Chaudhry
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
'The Doorbell Rang' is a short and simple story with a great message. It revolves around Ma, who bakes a certain amount of cookies for Sam and Victoria. As the story continues, the Doorbell rings and new characters come into the story. The message of the story is a very simple one of sharing and being kind to others.

The book itself can be seen to have links to the National Curriculum, especially with the mathematical aspect of having to equally divide the number of cookies between the number of
Sheeba Virani
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
What an interesting way of introducing children to the concept of fractions and division. Children identify with real life experiences such as the one this book talks about. These can be used to teach children about diving in order to share.

After reading the book divide children into 3 groups of even numbers. Give each group a large cookie or pizza. Then ask each group to cut the number of members in each gropu and discuss how many pieces each item needs to be cut into so each member ge
Monique Williams
This is a book that could be used for math and when used with a felt board is very useful for teaching one-to-one correspondence. The book also teaches social emotional skills about sharing. Not only is this book good for counting it can also be used to teach higher level math such as subtraction or division.
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ellie, jacob, mom
Good book about sharing and math!..krb 2/10/16
Zohar Berkovich
At the beginning of the story, we are introduced to a mother (who is referred to as Ma) and her two children Sam and Victoria. One day Ma decided to bake the siblings a batch of 12 cookies. While the two sit by the table dividing the cookies between them evenly the doorbell rings and into the kitchen walk Tom and Hannah who live next door. As the group of four sits by the table, dividing the batch of cookies evenly between them the doorbell rings yet again. This time two more children walk in. A ...more
Abby Everson
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
To begin, a brother, sister and mother are in the kitchen. Their grandmother has made twelve cookies for them to share. So they at first get 6 each. Then the doorbell rings and two friends come to the door. Now they each get 3 cookies each. When two more friends come, it brings the sharing down to two each. More and more friends come join, when there is twelve kids with one cookie each, the doorbell rings. They seem not to have enough, until Grandma comes with more cookies.

This was a simple boo
Linda Plasse
Mar 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is another book which seamlessly blends the interactions of reading and math. Mom has made 12 delicious looking and smelling cookies for her kids. Before they can even start to eat their 6 cookies, the doorbell rings and two more friends show up as they smell the cookies. This continues on and on and they have to figure out how many cookies each person can get as the number of kids increases. Eventually there are 12 hungry kids smelling these amazing cookies but the door rings again. No one ...more
Shaye Miller
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Last week I shared The Bell Rang and it made me recall an older book with a similar title from the 80s: The Doorbell Rang. So I asked my husband to bring it home from work, last week. During my early years of teaching, I was a reading teacher for Kindergarten students and this was a hot title for a fun K/1 math lesson. The story starts off with “Ma” making a batch of a dozen cookies for her two kids to share between them. But before they can dig in, two neighbors show up. So then they must divid ...more
Madelyn Glover
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ma makes Sam and Victoria a dozen cookies. They do the math and realize they get six each. As more kids keep showing up Sam and Victoria keep doing the math to divide the amount of cookies fairly.

I like the simplicity of the book. I really like that the book covers the importance of sharing as well as teaches a math lesson.

I would cut out and laminate a cookie printable available for free online. I would start off with two plates and have six of the cookies on each plate. I would make sure and d
Prabhat  sharma
Jul 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: completed
The Door Bell Rang by Pat Hutchins- Victoria and Sam are brother sister duo living with her parents and grandmother. Cookies baked by her grandmother are the best in smell and taste. All like to eat them. Their mother bakes some cookies for the children and serves them. She informs that each child can take 6 cookies each. Just then, doorbell rings. aon opening the door, they find that their neighbours Tom and Hanna have arrived. Their mother says that we will share the cookies with them. Thus, e ...more
Dannielle Kleist
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Doorbell Rang, by Pat Hutchins, is about a family and the day the mother makes cookies for her children, Victoria and Sam. The children split the batch of cookies in half, so each one gets six cookies. However, they run into a problem when the doorbell rings, unexpected guests show up, and they have to solve the problem by sharing their cookies evenly.

This story is a great tool to emphasize the concept of dividing with students. I have used this book with first grade students before when tea
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it
So this book was on Reading Rainbow I think. When I began to read it to my daughter I got a flash back of hearing this story. It's actually really cute, and I wonder if there is a sequel to it, because I have some questions:

How do all 12 kids know Sam and Victoria's Grandma? Like is she world famous for her cookies or what?

Also, All these kids need to learn to wipe their feet. This poor mother made cookies and is washing the tile floor but every time the doorbell rings the kids trek in mud all
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The doorbell rang is about a mother who makes a batch of cookies for her two children. The doorbell keeps ringing with guests that are coming over, and the children must share their cookies. This book delves into the concept of division and has students guessing how many cookies the children end up with after each time the doorbell rings. I chose this book because it is a great book to introduce the concept of division and it gives a practical meaning to it. It keeps the students engaged because ...more
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Doorbell Rang is another great book by Pat Hutchins. A mom makes more than enough cookies for her two kids and tells them they can share the cookies with each other. They count out how many they each get. Then the Doorbell rings and they redistribute the cookies evenly between four kids instead. Every time they are about to eat their cookies, the Doorbell rings again and more friends show up to share the cookies, until there is only enough for each child to have one cookie each.

This is a go
Carina Spring
Kindergarten-3rd grade

This book starts out with two children sitting down to enjoy 12 cookies that their mom made. However, as soon as they begin to enjoy the cookies, there is a knock at the door. It is their neighbors and they invite them in to share the cookies with them. This repeats a couple of times, until there are only enough cookies for each child to have one. Then there is another knock at the door. Sam says they should all eat their cookies quickly before they open the door, but when
Alexis Tamplain
The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins is a great book about friendship, sharing, and math. The book starts off with Ma making cookies and dividing them evenly amongst the kids. Then friends come over, and they have to change how the cookies are evenly divided. As more friends show up, the more often they have to change how the cookies are divided up evenly. The book also has repetitive simple language which younger readers love. This book is a great way to connect math to reading and allow for stude ...more
Paiton Larson
Nov 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Ma makes cookies for Victoria and Sam. They split them evenly between themselves, but then their friends come over. They decide that each person can have three cookies, but then two more friends came. They decide each person now got two cookies, but then six more friends came. The children decided that each child now got one cookie. The doorbell rang again and luckily it was grandma with a whole new tray of cookies.

This story has a good idea for teaching fractions, unfortunately the fractions a
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: math
The math in the story is very present but not super explicit. I'm pretty sure it's never directly stated that the mother initially makes a dozen cookies. We just know that there are two kids at first and they think they'll each get six (and the rest of the arithmetic in the book stays consistent with that). In the illustration on the title page, we can see a 3x4 array of cookies on the tray, but they're harder to count once they're on the plate. (It is possible to look and count the 12, though.) ...more
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is such a cute picture book! Ma makes cookies and sets the plate in front of her two children to share. They get six each. The doorbell rings again and again, each time bringing more friends to share the cookies. The kids keep sharing until they each only have one cookie on their plates. And the doorbell rings again! What will they do?

I love the sharing and caring for others going on in this picture book. The math lesson of dividing the cookies among the friends is easy for kids to understa
Lyla Muhlenkamp
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Doorbell Rang is such a fun and simple book to read to students. It's about a mother who bakes her two kids a plate of cookies, but then more and more kids start to come and they have to keep dividing the cookies by everyone that is there. They were to the point where each kid received one cookie, until the doorbell rang again. It was their grandma, who had another whole plate of cookies. This is a simple book that you could really get the kids to interact with you in. I really liked this bo ...more
Rhonda Davis, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
This delightful book was read by both my children in homeschool. They love it and still reread it. It has full-size illustrations which add details to the simple, repetitive language. It was a great way to introduce fractions. It also is a nice spinoff book for the topic of sharing with others. I enjoyed looking at the details in the background of the scenes as well--so I did not become bored as it was read again and again with them! Pat Hutchins did a great job keeping a simple story moving for ...more
Brandice Harrison
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ecce-2115-l-l
This book is about a mom and her two children. The mother makes cookies and told the two children to share. The doorbell keeps ringing and more and more children come over to share the cookies. The all say the same things each time. " These look as good as your grandmas" and the mother will say "No one makes cookies like your grandma." At the very end, each kid has one cookie and the doorbell rings again. They open the door and in walks grandma with a tray full of cookies. This story talks about ...more
Sterlande Altidor
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pre-k
This book is perfect for reading out loud in a classroom. It is a great book to teach children about mathematics such as division. It is great that the ending event reinforces this spirit of generosity. In addition to the idea of sharing, children can also think about and learn a little basic arithmetic. The illustrations of this book are colorful, and talk about to diversity among people. I think that everyone needs to read this book, because it teaches children about sharing friendships.
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Pat Hutchins is an English illustrator and writer of children's books.

She won the 1974 Kate Greenaway Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year's best children's book illustration by a British subject. The work was The Wind Blew, a picture book in rhyme which she also wrote. It shows how "a crowd of people anxiously chase their belongings" in the wind.

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