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Grade 2–5—Goldstone builds on the topics introduced in Great Estimations (Holt, 2006) and also discusses how to estimate length, weight, area, and volume. He does an exceptional job of breaking down the process of so that even early elementary students can comprehend it. The author also effectively introduces different methods of estimation, including the "box and count" technique and clump counting. The vivid, eye-catching photographs are the highlight of the book. Each page or spread features a simple question in large, bold text, followed by a short explanation of how to achieve the answer. Hint boxes appear on almost every page. Speech bubbles emanate from critters throughout the book, adding a humorous touch. An author's note provides information on how adults use estimations as a part of their everyday lives. With an appealing layout that lends itself equally well to browsing or curriculum support, this lively book would be an excellent addition.—Maren Ostergard, King County Library System, Issaquah, WA
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805083154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805083156
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.3 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #874,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By An avid reader on October 20, 2008
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Goldstone is the rare author who knows how to write for children without ever condescending to them. This book is fun and smart. It is one of my children's favorite reads, though I doubt they realize how many tricky concepts this book gets them to think about and enjoy using. Every home, library and school should have a copy - it is an invaluable tool and a book to read a great, great number of times.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mollynash on February 14, 2010
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This book was on my grandson's wish list as he is a very bright first-grader. Upon receiving the book I looked through it and was intrigued at the photographs and the method taught to estimate quantities. The book shows a grid (10 x 10) and by counting the contents of any one grid portion, one can estimate the total number of objects shown. He loves it. The book delivers on the estimations it aims to teach.
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By M. Heiss on September 9, 2013
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Wow. We are living in a Golden Age of children's book publishing.

Your visual learner will thank you for these ideas -- great practice for the box-and-count strategy.
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By mom2three on August 24, 2015
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A great introducing to estimating.
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