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Annotation: At a school picnic, Eddie uses his knowledge of numbers to outsmart the people who come to his game booth.
Genre: Mathematics
Catalog Number: #201874
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2005
Edition Date: 2005
Illustrator: Wenzel, David,
Pages: 33 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-053167-3 Perma-Bound: 0-605-34260-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-053167-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-34260-6
Dewey: 513
LCCN: 2003027847
Dimensions: 21 x 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
The concept of comparing numbers gets Murphy's signature MathStart treatment--by turns amusing and teaching. In this story, Eddie works the guess the age booth at the fair. Blindfolded, he listens to a contestant's voice, and if he guesses a person's age after three questions or less, he wins. The contestant gets a prize if Eddie has to ask four or more questions. If Eddie hasn't guessed after six tries, he gets dunked in a pool. The way Eddie progresses (he arrives at his answers by narrowing his guess to a number more than or less than another number) leads children into the world of logical, educated guesses. A subplot about a girl trying to win a prize cleverly ties into the main story. Youngsters who need to understand the math concept in more depth will find several activities at the conclusion of the book. These are meant to be done with help from adults, to whom the back matter is directed. Sprightly watercolor artwork makes math look like fun.
Horn Book
In More, a boy compares numbers to guess people's ages at his school's picnic. In Polly, an American girl is introduced to metric units of measure by her Montrealer pen pal. As in most MathStart books, the absorbing story lines and engaging illustrations collude to make readers forget they are learning math as they happily turn the pages. Reading list.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-In Time, a simple text and colorful cartoon artwork show a child as he goes through a typical day, with activities listed for each hour. Times are presented on both a digital and round-faced clock. Unfortunately, the digital numbers are in yellow on a purple background, making them hard to read. Also, although the narrative mentions "time to learn" or "quiet time," the exact hour (e.g., five o'clock) is never written out in the text. Claire Llewellyn's My First Book of Time (DK, 1992) and Eve Merriam's Train Leaves the Station (Holt, 1994) are better choices on this topic. More or Less uses a carnival game to demonstrate comparing numbers. During a school picnic, Eddie, a math whiz, guesses people's ages by asking them if they are older or younger than a certain number. If it takes him more than six questions, he gets dunked. He is fairly successful until the principal steps up. This engaging tale, illustrated with lighthearted watercolors, will inspire children to re-create Eddie's game and might lead to a new interest in math. In the third book, Polly has an e-mail pen pal in Montreal. As Ally uses metrics to discuss height, weight, and distances, Polly learns what they mean. No comparisons to English measurements are made but the metric measurements are likened to common objects that kids will recognize. This title features colorful but simplistic computer-generated cartoons.-Erlene Bishop Killeen, Fox Prairie Elementary School, Stoughton, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Word Count: 675
Reading Level: 2.4
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.4 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 86414 / grade: Lower Grades

Is your age more than 5?
Is it less than 10?

Eddie's got to guess. And he doesn't want to be wrong!

Eddie has a booth at the school fair, guessing people's ages. He hasn't guessed wrong yet, but if he does, he gets dunked. Can Eddie keep guessing right -- and keep from getting wet?

Comparing whole numbers and understanding what's more and what's less are a big part of Eddie's strategy, and an important math skill for young readers to learn.

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