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How High Can a Dinosaur Count?: And other math mysteries    by Valorie Fisher order for
How High Can a Dinosaur Count?
by Valorie Fisher
Order:  USA  Can
Schwartz & Wade, 2006 (2006)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

I've never been very enthusiastic about the trend to combine math with language arts and focus on math sentences, but Valorie Fisher morphs the usually dull presentation into alliterative math mysteries, with unusual and entertaining illustrations that encourage exploration.

The 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?'

At 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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