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The Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar Fractions Book Paperback – December 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Cartwheel Books (December 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439135192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439135191
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 10.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JERRY PALLOTTA lives in Needham, Massachusetts. His math books for Scholastic have sold more than 330,000 copies in trade.

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My full name is Gerard Larry Pallotta but my mom always called me "Jerry". I was born on March 26, 1953 in Boston, Massachusetts. My mom's name is Mary, and she came from a family of ten children. My dad's name is Joe, and he came from a family of five children. My grandparents were immigrants of Italian descent. I have the nicest parents in the world. They were always unselfish and ready to help me. I have four brothers and two sisters: Joey, David, Andrew, Danny, Cindy and Mickey. I have seventy-two first cousins. When I was growing up, there were...KIDS EVERYWHERE!

My family moved to Medford, Massachusetts when I was young. I went to elementary school at Mt. Trinity Academy, not far from where my publisher is located in Watertown, Massachusetts. I never wrote a book in elementary school, and we never kept journals. In the neighborhood where I grew up, almost every family had seven to nine children. I guess that you could say that there were...KIDS EVERYWHERE!

I went to high school at Boston College High School, a Jesuit all-boys school in downtown Boston. The priests and other teachers were really wonderful. I played football and ran track. I had a great high school experience and I think later it made my studies in college much easier. My sons Neil and Eric graduated from Boston College High School in 2001 and 2003. Neil was named after a teacher I had, Fr. Neil Callahan, S.J. I never wrote a book in high school, and I never wrote for the school newspaper. I was too shy and was afraid of what other kids would think.

After high school I went to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. I majored in business, a subject that would help me later in life when I decided to publish my first book. At Georgetown, I met my wife, Linda. In college I was an average student and was captain of the Georgetown University Rugby Team. I never wrote for the college newspaper, and I never imagined writing books. A couple of years later, Linda and I got married and I started to work at an insurance company in Boston. During the first six years of being married, we had four kids. It seemed like there were...KIDS EVERYWHERE!

Today, we sometimes spend time with my 31 nieces and nephews...again...KIDS EVERYWHERE!

I learned valuable skills while talking to people, selling insurance and collecting money. When I came home from work, Linda would ask me to "read to the kids!" I loved reading to my kids and I learned to appreciate children's books. The first few books that we bought were alphabet books and counting books. "A" was always for Apple and "Z" was always for Zebra. One day I decided, "Hey, I can do this!" I had an idea. I would write an alphabet book about the Atlantic Ocean. I spent every summer at Peggotty Beach in Scituate, Massachusetts. I have great memories of lobstering, fishing, mossing, clamming and rowing in my dory.

I wrote my first book in 1985 when I was 32 years old. I came up with the idea, wrote it, designed it, researched it, edited it and my cousin illustrated it. I published it myself under the name of Peggotty Beach Books. What fun! It was first printed on July 7, 1986. I'll never forget that day. The book eventually became the #1 best-selling book at the New England Aquarium. I was afraid that only my mother would like it. Teachers and kids told me they really liked my book.

While speaking in schools, teachers also told me they were looking for simple non-fiction nature books. It gave me the confidence to write more. My next book, "The Icky Bug Alphabet Book", has sold more than 1 million copies. My third book, "The Bird Alphabet Book" was voted one of the best books of the year by Birders World Magazine. I now have over twenty alphabet books, more than twenty math books, also the Icky Bug books, a holiday series, a U.S. Military series, Who Would Win? books, a biography and a few stories. My goal has always been to write interesting, fact-filled, fun to read, beautifully illustrated color children's books. Thank you to all my illustrators: Ralph Masiello, Frank Mazzola, Jr., Rob Bolster, Edgar Stewart, Leslie Evans, Mark Astrella, David Biedrzycki, Bonnie Gee, Shennen Bersani, Tom Leonard and Howard McWilliam. I now visit more than 150 schools per year. Guess what? There are still...KIDS EVERYWHERE!

I love writing books and I love visiting schools all over the United States. I think I have the best job in the world!

Customer Reviews

I bought this as a gift for a teacher friend, whom I'm sure found it useful.
J. Wardein
Although I rarely use the book anymore, it served as a great resource for helping my students understand fractions.
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I read this book to a class of 3rd graders just getting into fractions and they loved it.
Sarah Jung

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am doing a lesson plan involving fractions for a graduate school class and this book really inspired me. With this book, you can not only introduce fractions, but can have the children adding and subtracting along with the book. The chocolate bar also gets the children more interested in learning about fractions...it is fun for all!!!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
An excellent book to help parents or teachers teach fractions. The candy bar is a great manipulative. You can always make a copy of the candy bar that is provided in the book for your child to work with if you do not have or want to buy a Hershey bar. A must have.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By HollyNoelle on November 4, 2001
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Although Chocolate Fever is the name of a book, most children
would be DELIGHTED to contract this fever! As elementary school
teacher, I have used Hershey Bars and their wrappers to teach
fractions for years. The kids LOVE it! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this
book to parents as a primary teaching tool or as an enrichment
resource. It not uses pictures of the Hershey Bar to show several
fractions in twelfths, but explains their relationship to the whole. For example, 3/12 + 9/12= 12/12=1. On one page it shows two ways to name a fraction-- as the fraction itself and in
simplest form (reduced to lowest terms), although it doesn't
say so in exactly those words. At the end, the author shows
13/12, and says that more than one whole candy bar would be used.
I like this book because it can be easily adapted for use with
older children by including mixed numbers, writing fractions in
simplest form, and even decimals/percentages. Also, I enjoyed the
inclusion of facts and questions about The Hershey Candy Company
and the ingredients used, as well as where cacao trees grow.
This book could also be used as part of a unit about chocolate!
Buy it and enjoy the fun as you eat your Hershey Bar!
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D. Sladek on February 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a really fun read for parents and elementary age children. The illustrations help parents easily explain the concept of fractions, and they learn a few things, too. The only downside is if you don't have a REAL chocolate bar to experiment on while you read this book. The blatant product endoresment might bother some parents, but at least it's not Pokemon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Jung on October 31, 2004
Format: Paperback
The Hershey's Milk Chocolate Fractions Book will help teach children the concept of dividing a whole into fractions in a fun and wonderful way. It begins with a huge Hershey bar being unwrapped to show it's 12 blocks. Each page takes away a fraction of the bar. The remaining fraction is colorfully illustrated by a crew of little people who cart their painting tools from page to page, leaving paint spills and footprints. I read this book to a class of 3rd graders just getting into fractions and they loved it. We used our math manipulatives to see the fractions as they were broken down. It was a wonderful way to begin a lesson!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Sturgeon on April 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have gone into the classrooms of 4 of my children when they were in 3rd grade and learning fractions armed with this book and a Hershey's bar for each child. I use cardboard cutouts in the shape of the Hershey's bar and use the overhead projector. It's a fun project and a great book that makes the kids excited about fractions, and gives the teacher a little, much-deserved, break.

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By Brenda J. Hargis on May 9, 2014
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This is a wonderful book to use as an anticipatory set before learning about fractions. It can be used on all ages.
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This is a great book to help students have hands on teaching using a Hershey bar to learn about fractions!
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