OK, today marks the start of my official CYBILS review. It seems impossible to me that out of the 111 picture books nominated for the best nonfiction picture book, I have only read four! Yes, that's right! Four! That's all! I'm excited, then, about the 107 books I'm going to come to know (and probably love, at least for a lot of them)! So let's get reading…
At the top of the stack is 1+1=5 AND OTHER UNLIKELY ADDITIONS by David LaRochelle. This book kind of reminds me of an old, old friend, the ABC book, Q IS FOR DUCK, except it's focused on math. Each right hand page has the 1+1 math "fact," but each answer is different e.g. 1 +1 =3, or 1+1= 110 or 1+1=0. It's up to the reader to use the clues in Brenda Sexton's bright, digitally produced illustrations, to figure out the meaning of the equation, which is revealed on the next page. 1 +1 =3 (1 unicorn + 1 goat =3 horns), 1+1=hundreds (1 pumpkin +1 watermelon= hundreds of seeds), 1 +1 =0(1 snake +1 worm = 0 legs).
A really clever book that I think kids of all ages are going to absolutely love!
I am honored and delighted to have my book reviewed on your blog, Carol. Thank you! And in case any teachers or librarians are interested, there is a free downloadable teaching guide (plus extension activities) available for 1 + 1 = 5 at my website: www.davidlarochelle.net.
Again, thank you for the review!
You are very welcome! I loved this book and can't wait to share it with kids. I think our sixth graders will enjoy it as much as our little guys!
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