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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805072985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805072983
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreSchool-Grade 1-After stubbing his toe on a pebble, a young centipede goes shoe shopping. Because he believes that shoes with laces are more "grown-up," his mother purchases 50 pairs to protect her son's feckless feet. He quickly discovers that there are 58 extra shoes, and his grandfather explains that most centipedes only have 42 legs. To make matters worse, the multi-legged critter painfully perceives that without socks the shoes hurt, which defeats their purpose. In addition, the excitement of so many new shoes is short-lived, as the poor arthropod learns that after rising in the morning, donning the footgear, and tying all those laces, it's time for bed. Deciding that they are just not worth the effort, he gives the shoes and newly knitted socks to friends, and the tale becomes a subtle lesson in elementary math. Discriminating readers will notice a concurrent, budding relationship between two ladybugs wordlessly unfolding in the background. Amusing pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations, including a woebegone centipede with a turquoise head and five dangling spiders each sporting eight high-tops, add more droll humor to this delightful tale.
Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"Perfect for numeracy hour." Five to Seven Magazine "A deliciously silly story, with plenty of visual jokes." Financial Times "Puts fun into addition and subtraction." Five to Seven "absolutely charming book with fabulous illustrations by Tony Ross" -- Helen Bromley eye --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By Peace on November 2, 2012
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My three year olds ask to be read this book every day. They love counting his many shoes and socks--the ones he gives to his friends at the end of the story. They feel sorry for Centipede when he hurts his toe at the beginning. I think the colorful pictures kept my three year olds' attention 'til the end of the story. They commented on how he looked sad when he hurt his toe, happy when he was going to get shoes, and sad when it took him so long to put on his shoes and socks.
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By mrs D on February 24, 2013
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This book is glorious! Our whole family loves this book! My 6 year old loves the 'kissing cloud' when Mum (or Mom in the US version!) is fixing the little centipede's sore foot. It's funny and great for maths learning if you choose to concentrate on that aspect but the story and exceptional illustrations alone make it worth buying.
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By Linda on March 12, 2014
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Tony Ross does it again--great humor, vivid illustrations make this a book both my granddaughters and grandsons choose over and over.
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By blissfullinsanity on December 14, 2013
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This was required reading for my son's kindergarten class. He enjoyed the book a lot and continues to read it to this day.
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