Wednesday, January 11, 2012

this plus that-Life's Little Equations review

This Plus That: Life's Little Equations

What comes after 1 + 1?
Just about anything!
In this fanciful collection, Amy Krouse Rosenthal puts together unexpected combinations that always add up to something special. Whether it's "wishes + frosting = birthday" or "birds + buds = spring," each equation is a small delight. This Plus That shows again and again that life's total experience is always greater than the sum of its parts.  (goodreads summary)

I love finding books that are unique and fun! This one is definitely creative and I am happy to see that it really encourages thinking skills.  Instead of numbers and math, it puts together words and math, linking together to form a real life equation. For example; chalk + jumping = hopscotch or (snow + carrot) + rosy cheeks = winter. Of course, my favorite was book + chair = cozy. It is a wonderful concept that takes everyday math equations children learn but fits them with various words and picturing images in the mind. The illustrations go perfect with the word combinations as well. This book would work well in a classroom setting enticing kids to really put on the thinking caps and come up with a lot more on their own. I think this is a "just right book" for ages 4-8.~

Title: this plus that-Life's Little Equations
Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Jen Corace
Pub. date: May 2011, HarperCollins
Genre: picture book
Hardcover, 40 pgs.

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