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PreSchool-Grade 3. As a little rabbit and his mother walk through the grocery store, they compare the amounts of carrots, peanuts, and worms they have in their cart to other carts. Concepts include more, fewer, and same. Bright, colorful illustrations, a surprise ending, and two pages of activities for adults and children extend and enhance the book's appeal.?Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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 Boston.



Frank Remkiewicz illustrated the MathStart Books Rabbit's Pajama Party and Just Enough Carrots. He lives in Sarasota, FL.

In His Own Words...

"I was the kind of kid who was always reading or drawing. Since I was drawing well before I started school, I always considered art to have seniority over the likes of long division and medieval history. This attitude got me into difficulties more than once. My favorite subjects were horses, cartoons, wildlife, and contraptions that rolled, floated, tooted, or flew. My heroes of the day were illustrators like Bill Peet, Robert Lawson, and Kurt Weiss. They provided me with a screenful of imagery that I'll never forget.

"Winter in kindergarten found us all painting Santas at our tables. Mine came out so good that I was asked to do it over again on a huge piece of brown paper that covered the chalkboard. Santa would be bigger than me. I was excused from the regular stuff, given larger brushes, more paint-and sure enough, here came Santa. This was only the beginning. Other teachers, seeing the mural-sized figure, 'borrowed' me to do the same for first- and second-grade classrooms. Flattered but somewhat embarrassed, I took heart, since these gigs were getting me out of a lot of tedious activities like nap time, scissors, yarn, and flash cards. 'All I ever needed to know, I learned in kindergarten' may be true. Twenty years later I found myself on Madison Avenue at Norcross Greeting Cards-yes, drawing Santa Claus.

"I've always been drawn to the field of humor. Since I'm writing and illustrating my own stories now, I try to make them funny in an outrageous or off-the-wall way. During classroom presentations, I again find myself by the chalkboard in front of the kids. Now we are seeking ways to write and draw those ideas that squeeze their way through the everyday chores of our minds. It's a thrill to watch my own book being read by a group of children, and I like it when they smile. But I love it when they laugh."

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 330L (What's this?)
  • Series: MathStart 1
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (August 16, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064467112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064467117
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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As for comments on the rhyming, I thought it was well done.
KMG
Very rote which is nice as my 3yo likes to "read" it to us.
M. C.
A great book for teaching academics to kindergarten age children.
Leah McNeal

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "a_mom" on October 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
A young rabbit and his mother go to the store to pick-up a few things: carrots, peanuts and worms (!). As the mother rabbit picks up different quantities, the young rabbit whines and complains (in a cute way) about the amounts. The mother rabbit compares the amounts to other shoppers in the store using the terms more, fewer and same. Graphics summarize the terms for each item.
The rhymes strike me as clumsy, but the book is fun to read with various voices for the mother and young rabbit. The young rabbit's facial expressions and gestures lend nicely to telling the story.
One part that might be of special interest is the young rabbits enthusiasm for carrots. He *likes* to eat them and begs his mother to buy more. For children who don't like carrots, this might just encourage them to "munch, munch and crunch" along with their rabbit friend.
Both my boys enjoy the book, but my 18 month old seems particularly enamored with it. It's a bit too basic for my three year old, but he still has fun with it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 2000
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My 26 month old daughter loves this book. We only bought it a few days ago and have already read it at least a dozen times. I like the rhyming too. There are some books that I don't enjoy reading over and over again, but this one is fun to read. It flows nicely and the illustrations are adorable. I especially get a kick out of the little rabbit's eyes as he pleads with his mom to buy fewer peanuts :-) We're looking into getting more of the Mathstart books because we like this one so much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Foote on December 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book introduces the counting concepts of the same, fewer, and more.

As I read, I found myself wondering why the author would choose peanuts and worms (in addition to carrots) as items for Rabbit to shop for. I expected cabbage or green beans to be more appropriate and easy for children to relate to. I have not purchased many peanuts or worms when shopping with my kids. Of course my misunderstanding was solved by the end of the book when the guests arrived for lunch! What a fun surprise~

The book is very age appropriate as young children are amazed by both the products in a store and what others are choosing to buy. Even adults will see an item in a strangers cart and think, "Maybe I should buy that too!"

I particularly liked the way the graphics were drawn to explain the difference between the same, fewer, and more. I can see parents easily taking this a step further when children begin to count by having their children count the items in each boxed picture. The adorable drawings and a fun surprise make this a unique counting book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. C. on September 22, 2013
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my 3yo likes this, and the concept is easy to understand. Very rote which is nice as my 3yo likes to "read" it to us.
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By KMG on May 23, 2006
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I think this book is a great way to introduce beginning math concepts. There is also a section at the back of the book with suggested questions and some activities to further extend the concepts presented. As for comments on the rhyming, I thought it was well done. Any of the "awkward rhymes" were so "barely there" that I hardly noticed them (only because I was looking for them). I felt that it contained enough rhymes to maintain interest but not so many that you are focusing on the rhymes and not the concepts presented.
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My daughter is using these to teach a preschool class at a school and they have been wonderful and incredibly useful We bought a number of the books and each one is well done and interesting to the kids.
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By D. Summers on February 6, 2007
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This book helped me introduce more than and less than relation symbols. Also it is easy enough for some of my students to read on their own.
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