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Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature

Stunning photographs of flowers and seeds demonstrate Fibonacci numbers: “the sequence of numbers–1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21…–in which each successive number is equal to the sum of the two preceding numbers.” Growing Patterns starts off simply, explaining the concept … Continue reading

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When Sheep Cannot Sleep: The Counting Book

I’m currently taking a graduate class on picture books, and we are repeatedly studying this book by Satoshi Kitamura, coming back to it over and over and over again for several elements of picture book design. So I thought I’d … Continue reading

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A Million Dots

If today is your birthday, then it’s only 525,600 minutes until your next birthday.  Your heart beats about 700,000 times a week. And if you took one second to look at each dot in Andrew Clements’ book, A Million Dots, it … Continue reading

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Fun with Roman Numerals

Some kids don’t learn Roman numerals in school, and that’s a shame.  Here’s the book to rectify that:  Fun with Roman Numerals by David A. Adler and illustrated by Edward Miller III, who conveniently has Roman numerals after his name. … Continue reading

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Zero

Zero feels empty and wants to count, like her buddies One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight and Nine.  She tries to become just like them in order to improve her value, but even Zero can learn to see … Continue reading

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Lines that Wiggle

Rhyming lines help listeners discover lines all around them, with clever illustrations. Traceable blue sparkly lines highlight the illustrations and the key words are in lovely cursive handwriting.  If you are studying lines in art, lines in geometry or lines … Continue reading

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Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is?

Robert E. Wells uses a conversational tone and comparisons to illustrate largeness. He starts with showing how large a blue whale is in comparison to other large animals. Then, using humourous examples, such as blue whales in jars or 100 earths … Continue reading

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The Grouchy Ladybug

Everyone needs a book in their personal library for the grouchy days.  Eric Carle’s ladybug grumps through the day finding larger and larger opponents to fight. Not until the blue whale gives it a slap, does the ladybug realize it can … Continue reading

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Balancing Act

Simple text, simple illustrations and a clever story make this book by Ellen Stoll Walsh a winner.  It’s playtime for two mice on a homemade teeter-totter, but other animals keep joining them, either tipping them or balancing.  Re-enact this story … Continue reading

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How Much is a Million?

We know how to write 1,ooo,ooo, but do we really know what it takes to picture a million goldfish?  This classic book illuminates large numbers in practical ways.  Thanks to David M. Schwartz I can prove to my kindergartener that … Continue reading

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