How High Can a Dinosaur Count?: And other math mysteries
Schwartz & Wade, 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
've never been very enthusiastic about the trend to combine math with language arts and focus on
, but Valorie Fisher morphs the usually dull presentation into alliterative
, with unusual and entertaining illustrations that encourage exploration.
he author gives us Bessie balancing beets, Trixie and Sadie sipping tea in the tub, Heloise hoping to buy a hat, Dexter noticing odd numbers, Ichabod serving surprising scoops of ice cream, Felix flipping flapjacks, a Loopy Laundromat making fizzy fruit frappes, Lulu waiting to lick lollipops, and more. My favorite has to be Daphne the dragon - '
Daphne dines on daisies. For dinner she usually eats 15, but today she eats 6 fewer than usual. How many daisies does Daphne eat for dinner?
t the back of the book are additional math mysteries to solve, based on the same illustrations, followed by solutions. In
How High Can a Dinosaur Count?
, Valorie Fisher makes the modern approach to elementary math great fun, engaging the young reader on several levels.
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