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Grade 1-4–Goldstone adds another winner to the growing canon of titles that make learning math concepts both fun and interesting. Combining clear, concise language with colorful photos of countable objects, he introduces estimation, beginning with eye-training exercises to recognize groupings of 10s, 100s, and 1000s. Readers are encouraged to move the book around so they can see the items from varying perspectives. The next few spreads explain how to base an estimate on quantified groups: left-hand pages show clusters of an object (10 cherries, 100 cherries) while right-hand pages present an unidentified amount of the same thing (About how many cherries are in a quart?). The author then shows youngsters how to make reasonable estimates when looking at large quantities using clump counting and box counting. The real standout here is the crisp photography of objects and animals, including everything from google eyes to a penguin colony, set against stark white backgrounds that make them almost seem to leap off the page. This well-designed book will add zing to many a math lesson and attract browsers as well.–Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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Estimating techniques introduced in Stuart J. Murphy's MathStart titles Betcha! (1997) and Coyotes All Around (2003) are kicked up a notch here thanks to jaw-dropping color photos. Laying out a mixed assemblage of toys, pipe cleaners, marbles, peanuts, and other small items, Goldstone helps viewers train themselves to estimate the size of groups of about 10 things on sight, then goes on to present similar, often fetchingly arranged, materials by hundreds and (!) thousands. He also describes "clump counting" and "box and count" methods, offering pages chock-full of plastic bugs ("It isn't gross--it's a gross."), dog and cat stamps, a penguin colony, tiny rice grains, a bowl of jellybeans, and more. Including hints for each exercise, and frequent reminders that the goal is a "reasonable estimate," not an exact number, this book lends itself equally well to skill building and to casual reading. John Peters
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (August 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805074465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805074468
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I've been a writer since I was a kid growing up in Ohio, but I've always dabbled in art and design as well. These days, my main job is writing textbooks, but I also do graphics for a New York theater company. I'm thrilled that I found a way to combine these interests in my own books.

Starting with the Great Estimations series, I've had a lot to do with how my books look. For those two books, I was the photo stylist, which meant I got to spend hours counting and arranging macaroni elbows, google eyes, fake cockroaches, and rubber ducks. And then beginning with 100 Ways to Celebrate 100 Days, I started taking some photos for my books, too. (I don't have much room here, so if you see a photo of something like an elephant in one of my books, chances are pretty good that I didn't take that one.)

Books have always been a big part of my life, from buying dusty old paperbacks in any used bookstore I could find to my first job, shelving books as a page at the Shaker Heights Public Library. I even love that word: I was a page!

In 2002, I decided it was about time I learned to speak a foreign language, so I started taking Spanish lessons. One of the biggest joys of this ongoing project/struggle has been learning to read literature in another language. These days I feel just as proud and excited to finish a book in Spanish as I did when I first read Half Magic, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, or The Once and Future King.

Oh, about those textbooks. I've written thousands of pages in pretty much any subject you can think of, from reading and math to social studies and science. I try to make them as interesting as possible, but even so, I'd like to officially apologize for any math problems or grammar worksheets that any of my readers found particularly annoying.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By An avid reader on August 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my five-year-old, and my seven-year-old can't put it down. They both want it for their bedtime book, which is fine by me. This book is fun, engaging and smart. The author does a great job making numbers, even the really big ones, less scary and easier to conceptualize. The photographs are creatively done and compelling to look at. This book belongs in every elementary school and any home with young chidren. I estimate that I'll read this book to my children hundreds of times - this week!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By jamama on September 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My six-year-old son loves it--the pictures are great. I must say, I learned something about estimating, too. Good fun for the whole family.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Jonker on November 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A couple weeks back we held the annual book fair at two of the elementary schools I work at. One of the ways the book fair organizers hyped the kids into a froth was through a little game called "guess how many marshmallows are in the the jar". The student who guessed the number closest to the actual number of marshmallows won the whole jar of `em. I'm guessing most of you have taken part in something similar in your day. The problem? Half of the guesses were for one hundred, the other were for one million. For kids, it seems, there is not a whole lot in between. In Great Estimations, the author breaks down how to make a killing at "guess how many marshmallows are in the jar". How I wish this book had been around in my younger days - the hot chocolate would be flowing like water, with plenty of those little puffs of sugar spilling out of the top. The book uses a variety of objects, from people to pennies all in the name of teaching the reader how to make an accurate estimate.
While I don't foresee many repeat readings, there is a lot to like in Great Estimations.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Glory Gale on January 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book uses mathematical facts and excellent pictures to help children and adults alike understand and practice estimation skills.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 24, 2007
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Inspired my kids to estimate all over the place, and the full-color photos have major kid-appeal (including plastic bugs and tiny doll shoes). My three-year-old calls it the Jelly Bean Book.

A must for the math section of any kid's bookcase or any teacher's classroom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Experienced Editor VINE VOICE on October 15, 2009
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Take a good look at the book cover. Quick, how many jelly beans are there? If you have no idea, open the book and be amazed!
The clear, colorful photos in Great Estimations are more than just picture puzzles. From pencils and gummy bears to a flock of penguins and a pile of rice grains, each page offers progressively more complex groups of items. How many pretzels are there? How many bunnies?
In brief, conversational text, Great Estimations walks the reader through the art of estimating quantities quickly and easily. No exact answers are given; the goal of each puzzle is to reach a "reasonable estimate," coming close to the real number.
The book begins with eye training: learning to recognize groups of 10, 100, 1,000. Interesting pictures of simple objects make this easier than it sounds.
Next come specific techniques. Clump counting includes counting by tens and looking for patterns. Box and count is another way to get a handle on very large groups.
Estimating has practical applications. For example, how much is your penny collection worth? No need to count every cent; weigh the total and estimate!
Although presented in picture-book format, this attractive handbook has a wider potential audience. Young children who can't count yet will enjoy the detailed pictures and start to develop concepts of "few" and "many." The tips on estimating will be most helpful to someone who already understands multiplication and counting by fives and tens. Adults who consider themselves "math-challenged" will be delighted to discover that estimating is something they can do well.
A final section on "greater estimations" moves from objects spread on a flat surface to three-dimensional estimating. Now you can estimate the number of jelly beans not just on the book's cover but in a fishbowl. It's a skill that could be very handy for winning prizes at a fair, festival, or grand opening.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on November 9, 2014
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My grandson, who was 6 yr. old in August, absolutely loves ESTIMATIONS as well as BEDTIME MATH. These two are his favorite books. However, he is advanced (school-wise) for his age.
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