Published by Harper Collins, 2011
Hardcover: 32 Pages – readily available
Themes: Equations, expected and unexpected combinations, concept picture book.
“1+1 = Us”
“Yes+No = maybe”
This is a collection of life’s equations showing children that the overall experience in life is always so much bigger and more influential than just the sum of its parts. It begins with two little girls looking at life through equations, first with simple additions such as the opening equations above, to more complex math/scenarios such as:
“cozy + pancakes – alarm clock = weekend”
or “(every star in the sky + the sun + the moon) x my heart = love you to the infinite power”
This latter equation can clearly be understood at different levels, which is why I think this picture book has quite a wide appeal.
Why I like this Book:
I am going to quote the Kirkus review for this one:
“Clever premise + artful execution = sure winner.” –Kirkus, starred review”
As in so many of Amy’s books, this plus that has such a unique premise. You never feel like you have read this before somewhere! This is a book full of meaning and playfulness educating with humour and cleverness. This plus that imparts life ‘lessons’ and math concepts in a way even a young child can grasp, while older children might dig deeper for more philosophical thoguhts. The artwork is sparse, clean and bold digital children with rosy cheeks on white backgrounds, and fleshes out the verbal math beautifully.
Booklist says – Teachers could use the book, perhaps paired with Betsy Franco’s picture book Mathematickles! to introduce math equations or to inspire students to create their own verbal equations. But first, just read this unusual book aloud and let it work its magic.
I think with an older group, I would be tempted to read the first few pages as examples, and maybe have them guessing at the outcome on some of the later pages. Younger children could answer some verbal equations while older ones could make up their own entirely.
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