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Beep Beep, Vroom Vroom! (MathStart 1) Hardcover – January 31, 2000

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-This fine offering introduces the concept of patterns. Kevin has red, yellow, and blue cars that he always lines up in a special way on his shelf. His little sister Molly wants to play, but is told she is too young. Of course, she takes a turn the second Kevin leaves the room. Overhearing the "vrooming, crashing, and beeping," Dad and Mom remind her that she must put the cars back on the shelf exactly the way Kevin left them. This allows her several opportunities to arrange the vehicles in different ways. This clever book not only gives young readers the opportunity to identify color patterns, but also has the added bonus of a repetitive story, complete with sound effects. Whenever the children play with the cars, some variation of the refrain "VROOM VROOM zoomed the red cars. BEEP BEEP honked the yellow cars. CRASH CRASH banged the blue cars" ensues. Primary-color cartoon illustrations depict the family, a playful pooch, and plenty of toy-car action. Two concluding pages provide discussion questions and activities to reinforce the math as well as a few suggestions for further reading. However, many children will enjoy this book simply for the story and the colorful pictures.
Jackie Hechtkopf, Rose Ruth Freudberg Memorial Library, Washington, DC
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Like all Murphy's MathStart titles, this lively picture book uses a story from a child's daily world to teach a basic math skill. Here the math is pattern recognition, and the story combines sibling rivalry with hands-on play. Molly loves playing with cars, but her brother, Kevin, tells her she's too young. He lines up his 12 cars--four red, four green, four yellow--in special order on the shelf and tells her not to touch them while he's gone. Of course, she does play with them (Vroom! Beep! Crash!), and every time someone comes in, she lines up the vehicles in different sequences, until, finally, she gets her own sets of cars to add to the game. At the back are practical suggestions for adults and kids to find patterns on the pages and make their own patterns with pebbles, buttons, coins, and kitchen utensils. Demarest's clear, simple pastel pictures express the fun of playing with cars as the vrooming action reveals the patterns in everyday things. Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Series: MathStart 1
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (January 31, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060280166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060280161
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 10.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,693,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Stuart J. Murphy is a visual learning specialist. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he has a strong background in design and art direction. He also has extensive experience in the world of educational publishing. Drawing on all these talents, Stuart J. Murphy brings a unique perspective to the MathStart series. In MathStart books, pictures do more than tell stories; they teach math. Stuart J. Murphy and his wife, Nancy, live in Evanston, Illinois.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Soldier on June 6, 2011
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I really want to like this book -- the artwork is clean and colorful, the way the concepts are presented is engaging, and my four-year-old daughter caught on to the key ideas right away. She, however, unfortunately also caught on to another pattern in the book -- one I hadn't noticed at first but was quite disturbed by after she pointed it out.
The little girl in the book not only disobeys her older brother and parents four times in a row despite repeated warnings, playing with her brother's toy cars against their explicit instructions, the only consequence to her behavior is that she is rewarded with a set of toy cars of her own at the end of the story! Each time her parents or brother catches her disobeying, there is no consequence for her behavior other than asking her to clean up the cars (but with the implication that this is only being required because her brother is so picky about the arrangement, not because she was in the wrong) -- no apology is required, nor do the parents seem anything other than entertained by her disobedience.
It seems silly to be so concerned about something like this -- shouldn't we just lighten up? -- but the fact is that by bringing this book into our home, we are endorsing its message in a way. I certainly would find the daughter's behavior unacceptable, and explaining this to my own daughter (and answering all her questions about why someone would write the story that way if it wasn't good parenting being demonstrated) detracted significantly from the purpose of the story, learning about patterns.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go tell those darn kids to get off my lawn! (just kidding)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marie Summers on July 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Children will identify with the backdrop story of a little girl who wants to play with her big brother's toy cars. Her mom and dad try to help her out by putting the cars back in the same special way her brother keeps them (of course, they don't get it right). Finally, she gets the pattern right in the nick of time, and her parents give her a set of her own. The math idea of patterns is the basis of this book, and there are suggestions at the back of the book to help instill the concept.
The bright, simple illustrations enhance the book in a happy way.
I will be looking for more books in the same series.
You have to like a book with an onomatopoeia for a title.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robin Randall on October 18, 2001
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I used this book as a follow-up to our math patterning unit in my Kindergarten class. As I read the book, the students manipulated unifix cubes to copy the various patterns throughout the story. It was a great hit and certainly a good review of the patterning concept.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karen on February 27, 2001
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My children LOVE this book. Don't think that because this is a "math" book it will be uninteresting! The repetition of the car sounds (beep beep, vroom vroom, crash crash) holds even my 1 and 3 year olds attention. It is fun to read and the author gives you some ideas in the back of the book to try while reading the book. You can read it for fun or point out patterns, colors, or even talk about sharing or asking permission. It is a wonderful book for a boy or a girl. I am giving this book as gifts because my girls enjoy it so much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vermeer on December 29, 2008
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As I read the book aloud, I always go back to the page where it shows how the big brother had his cars arranged -- in an ABC pattern, and ask the kids, is this the way the little sister should arrange the cars so that she won't get in trouble? The kids love the book! I find there are very few books that teach patterns in an interesting way like this.
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By Mary E. on December 4, 2012
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One of the best of the math themed stories. The little girl likes cars and she's good at matching patterns. Kids love this story.
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