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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 7
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (May 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060848065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060848064
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 9.9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-5-The creators of How Much Is a Million? (1985) and If You Made a Million (1989, both Lothrop) bring forth another great resource in this book about weights and measures. Marvelosissimo the Mathematical Magician returns, this time to teach kids about how measurement was developed many years ago, and was first based on feet. The book traces the development of standard units of measure for distance, weight, and volume, then describes the development of the metric system in the late 1700s. A three-page appendix offers more in-depth information about the metric system. Kellogg's trademark whimsical illustrations clarify the concepts presented. As in the previous books, Schwartz presents them in a logical, step-by-step progression, with plenty of examples to provide practical context. The text is clear and brief enough for classroom presentation. This book is sure to join its predecessors as a staple.
Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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*Starred Review* Gr. 1-4. Marvelosissimo the Mathematical Magician, who made his first appearance in How Much Is a Million? (1985), returns just in time to explain the history of measurement to four curious children (and a dog). Beginning in prehistoric times and making his way to the present (with its current uneasy mixture of adherence and resistance to the metric system), Schwartz not only manages to impart a good deal of basic information about linear, weight, and volume measurements but also entertains the reader. He receives ample support from illustrator Kellogg, who contributes enough merry madness to make learning fun. Bright with shining colors, the large, detailed pictures brim with action and humor as well as history and math. Word balloons allow the characters to become good supporting actors who comment on the action, offer comic relief, and occasionally set up Marvelosissimo with a pertinent question. On the last three illustration-free pages, Schwartz offers a straightforward presentation on the metric system for older children. His tips on learning to "think metric" may be helpful to teachers as well. The froth of fun that lightens this book's educational intent may help American children absorb their centimeters and kilometers with relative ease. In fact, the more generous among them may want to share this book with their metrically challenged parents. Carolyn Phelan
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Excellent book for fun or teaching.
WeeBeaks
Illustrator, Steven Kellogg's cartoon-like artwork is bright and playful and each busy page is filled with humor, eye-catching, expressive detail, and clever asides.
Roz Levine
It gives them great visuals and I love that it covers capacity, length, and weight in both measurement systems.
Emily

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on May 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
"There are millions of things-and many ways-to measure. Let's fly back in time and see how people measured many years ago..." Marvelosissimo the Magician's takes the reader from prehistoric times to the present on an entertaining and informative tour of measurement. Author, David Schwartz's engaging text, written in an easy to read, conversational style, tells the story of length, weight, and volume, and is rich in history, fun facts, and trivia. Illustrator, Steven Kellogg's cartoon-like artwork is bright and playful and each busy page is filled with humor, eye-catching, expressive detail, and clever asides. Youngsters will revel in all the easy to understand, measuring fun. A terrific explanation of the metric system concludes this little gem of a picture book, and both students and teachers will find hours of fun practicing and using the concepts they learn here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Wimmersberger on April 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
I looked at this book first because it is illustrated by one of my favorite artisits, but after reading it I realized it was also a great learning tool. We have read and referenced this book MANY times over the last 2 years, checking it out from the library so many times, I finally decided I needed to buy it! It is great for ANY age to help teach or revisit units of measurement. I have 3 children, everytime one of them begins a measurement unit at school, we send it in for the teacher to read in class and they LOVE it! But it is also just fun to read and look at! I have been asked to read it or caught the kids reading it even when we are not "studying"! My youngest is 3 and not quite old enough to grasp the concepts, but LOVES the pictures and because it is written so well and in a "fun" way, she enjoys listening to the story without even realizing she is learning! It is a wonderful book and while your at, you should search out other books by this author and illustrator! They are both equally amazing at what they do individually, but teamed up in this book (and their others) it is just wonderful!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Armstrong on December 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
We recently got "Millions to Measure" for our daughter and it's a wonderful introduction to measuring systems and how they've progressed over time.

If you've got a small child and want to introduce them to measuring systems, I highly recommend this book.
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My students love picture books. It was a great way to start our unit on measurement. Students return to read this book during their Drop Everything and Read Time.
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