Saturday, September 27, 2014

Gumballs by Keith Baker -- ADVISABLE

Baker, Keith Gumballs: A Mr. and Mrs. Green Adventure. Green Light books, 2005. $3.99. Content: G.

When Mr. and Mrs. Green are out one day, they see a huge jar of gumballs in a window, with an invitation to guess how many are inside. Mrs. Green estimates and writes down her number, but Mr. Green uses measurements, multiplication, and a little luck to figure it out. Who will win that jar of gumballs? And what on Earth will the winner do with them all? This colorful, amusing story shows math being applied in a real-life situation, and the results are very entertaining. Would be a good way to tie such concepts as multiplication, estimation, and measuring in with a reading curriculum -- or to introduce reading into a mathematics curriculum.

EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Caryn

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