Safari Park
Safari Park
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Annotation: Using algebra five cousins have to try and figure out how many rides they can go on with 20 tickets.
Genre: Mathematics
Catalog Number: #4702147
Format: Paperback
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2002
Edition Date: 2002
Illustrator: Bjorkman, Steve,
Pages: 31 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-06-446245-5
ISBN 13: 978-0-06-446245-7
Dewey: 512.9
LCCN: 00063201
Dimensions: 21 x 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
From the MathStart series, this story begins with Grandpa taking his five grandchildren to the opening of Safari Park. Though each child starts out with 20 free tickets for rides, Paul promptly loses his. Grandpa decrees that each cousin must take Paul on a ride, which might take 2, 4, or 6 tickets. Other treats, such as food and games, cost 1 ticket. As they go through the day, intense mathematical calculations ensue as the kids figure out what they have spent, how much is left, and how they can spend it. The math is worked out visually on the pages, illustrated by lively, colorful ink-and-wash drawings. Younger children may enjoy this picture book as one of the few taking place at an amusement park; older students are more likely to take on the mathematical challenges presented. As Murphy notes in the two appended pages of complementary activities and suggested reading, this book offers experience in finding a missing element, an important step in the development of algebraic thinking.
Horn Book
These bilingual editions are marred by awkward Spanish texts--in addition to the unimaginative English texts. One or two basic facts per page (in both Spanish and English) face a photo of the particular desert animal, sometimes with labels stating the obvious. Unfamiliar words are defined in an anemic glossary ("desert--a very dry area"). Concurrently published in English. Reading list. Ind.
Kirkus Reviews
Murphy's introductory math concept endeavor is tailor-made for the picture book format. In this case readers are asked to find the unknown element in a number sentence, which works along the lines of a simple algebraic equation. Murphy frames his story as a trip to the amusement park in which one of the kids loses his tickets and the other four must donate some of theirs to him. Each kid has 20 tickets and all the rides require a different number of tickets, so the kids have to add up the tickets required for their rides, then add or subtract from 20, meanwhile figuring in the ride they are donating to the ticket-loser. For example, if Alicia wants to take 5 Rhino Rides at 2 tickets each, plus a couple of Monkey Games at a ticket apiece, what unknown number does she need to make 20? As the numbers are relatively small, this can be carried out in the reader's head (nor does it hurt that Murphy's explanations are crystal clear). The rides look like they could be a lot of fun too, as depicted in Bjorkman's whirling, caricaturish artwork. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-3 Safari Park has just opened, and Grandpa has 100 free tickets that he divides evenly among his five grandchildren. With rides and games costing one, two, four, or six tickets each and a treat costing one, careful planning and figuring are needed. Suddenly, Paul realizes that he has lost his tickets, so the others must share theirs with him. Each child's choices are discussed, with Paul being disappointed that he doesn't have enough for the Terrible Tarantula. When given a ticket for the Rock Toss, he carelessly participates in the game but wins 18 free tickets, and then, on a repeat try, gets 18 more. Now everyone can ride the expensive Tarantula. A two-page addendum suggests additional ways to use the book and its mathematical concepts. The colorful but slightly garish cartoon illustrations add humor to the necessary, but tedious, work of making choices within the restrictions of an allotted budget. Good for a math lesson or independent reading, but too detailed and involved for a read-aloud. Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, NY
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Word Count: 756
Reading Level: 2.6
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.6 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 55913 / grade: Lower Grades

It's 4 tickets for the Treetop Coaster! Just 2 for the Elephant Twirl! five cousins each have 20 tickets to spend at Safari, and a little algebra will tell them how many rides they can try. But who will dare the death-defying Terrible Tarantula?

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