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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing (August 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607181282
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607181286
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 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: #2,074,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Suzanne Slade is the author of over 80 books for children including Multiply on the Fly, What s the Difference?, What's New at the Zoo?, and Animals are Sleeping for Sylvan Dell. Her works include picture books, biographies, as well as many non-fiction titles about animals, sports, and nature. One of her favorite parts of the writing process is researching and learning new things. Ms. Slade lives near Chicago with her husband, Mike, two children, and their tiny dog, Corduroy.

As both a children s book and scientific illustrator, Erin Hunter specializes in entomological and botanical illustrations. She illustrated Multiply on the Fly and A Day on the Mountain for Sylvan Dell, and she has taught botanical illustration and field sketching at UC Santa Cruz. Erin's portfolio includes print and online design projects for clients ranging from marketing firms to culinary groups to educational organizations--and she's drawn insects under a microscope for the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History. Erin lives with her husband on California's Monterey Peninsula. When she s not sketching and painting, she tends to flowers, fruit trees, and vegetables in her backyard garden.

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Suzanne Buckingham Slade is the award-winning author of 100 books for children. A Mechanical Engineer by degree, Ms. Slade began her writing career almost twenty years ago. She lives near Chicago with her husband and two children. Learn more about the author at

Book awards:
THE HOUSE THAT GEORGE BUILT (Charlesbridge, 2012)
*a Junior Library Guild Selection
*a 2013 Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year

CLIMBING LINCOLN'S STEPS (Albert Whitman, 2010)
*2011 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People
*2011 Notable Social Studies Trade Books For Young People
*Available in most Scholastic School Book Fairs

*2011 California Reading Assoc. Eureka! Silver Honor Book
*2014 Illinois READS selection

*2011 Teachers' Choice Children's Book Award

*Amelia Bloomer Recommended Titles List

*2011 Silver Moonbeam Children's Book Award

*2010 Blueberry Award Winner

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wayne S. Walker on October 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you have five grasshoppers and each of them has two wings, how many wings are there total? Not only do insects themselves multiply but they can be used to help reinforce multiplication facts for children. Other insects featured in the book include fireflies, luna moths, dragonflies, ants, honeybees, ladybugs, walking sticks, monarch butterflies, and spittlebugs. Do you know what pirate bugs are and what they eat? And if each pirate bug eats eight of its prey, how many pests will be gone? As the author says, "Numbers are an important part of our world. You can find them in school, sports, and nature. When you know how to multiply numbers, you can figure out almost anything!"
The rhyming text by author Suzanne Slade, who has written over eighty books for children, emphasizes both various multiplication facts and bits of information about each insect, while the close-up sketches by Erin Hunter, who specializes in entomological and botanical illustration, will enable youngsters to know what the different insects look like. Additional material on insect body parts and life cycles, along with matching and compare/contrast activities, plus two further pages about multiplication may be located in the "For Creative Minds" section at the back. Also more free activities for parents and teachers to with use the book can be found online at the publisher's website. The age range is given as four to nine. One might use Multiply on the Fly to introduce the concept of multiplication to pre-schoolers and first graders, but I personally doubt if it will make much sense until at least second or maybe third grade. However, it is cute and well-done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Learning Table on August 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
Multiply on the Fly is so much more than a picture book. The story follows different insects through natural settings and incorporates multiplication facts with each insect serving as an example: 5 grasshoppers with 2 wings each = how many wings in all?' Kids will see multiplication as a concrete activity as they count their way through the book. For kids who have not mastered the multiplication tables, the fun rhymes and beautiful illustrations will entice them, and for kids who understand the concept, this book will expand on their knowledge with its generous database of hands-on activities. The book includes several pages at the end with resources and activities for learning more about insects and math facts: from insect body parts and life cycles to insect math table activities. There is so much to learn and do here that this book will not be a one-time read.

The suggested age range for Multiply on the Fly is 4-8, but both older and younger kids will enjoy sitting in as this book is read aloud, as evidenced by my kids, and older kids will want to read the book on their own, spending time with the activities at the end. My youngest tried to count all the parts of the insects before his brothers could remember the answer, and they all tried to be the first to give the correct answers. For my nature lovers, the incorporation of insect facts in this story was right-on and made the math seem not so "mathy." My 5th grader commented that, "you know, math is everywhere."

This book would be a fantastic addition to the elementary or homeschool classroom, and it would be a nice inclusion in an insect unit study. The publisher's website also provides a free Teaching Activities download (fabulous!) for this book as well as a list of related websites and alignment to science and math state standards.

{The publisher has provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.}
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Format: Hardcover
Multiply On The Fly is a many faceted children's book. Beautifully illustrated with remarkably accurate drawings of insects by Erin Hunter, each page describes a feature of the insect on that two-page spread in well done rhyming prose. What is so interesting about this is that first of all it rhymes. Next it speaks to a specific characteristic of the insect. Then on most of the pages alliteration is utilized adding depth to the text. Lastly and as the main feature of the book, a multiplication "task" is presented.

This is very much for a young child's book. And it will behoove the adult to guide the child to grasp each of these tenets. I find that learning can be lots of fun. It doesn't have to be just academic, fact finding, instruction. Let's have some fun while we're doing it. That is what Multiply On The Fly does for you.

Some interesting "alliteration" in the rhyming prose....
"Seven stealthy walking sticks"
"Each eats eight spider mites."
"Six sturdy soldier ants"
"How long is the luna line?"

I also love how the back of the book has a "Creative Minds" section. This includes pages on insects.... Insect Body Parts, Match the Insects, Insect Life Cycles, and Compare and Contrast. These are beautifully and and with remarkable accuracy done. A great learning and reference tool. Then don't forget this book is all about multiplication! There are a couple of pages recapping the story pages and the specific multiplication problems. And there is an Insect Multiplication Table. Just lots of good learning fun!
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By Tatiana on December 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I love how this book incorporates science into math. Great way to teach both science and math in one lesson.
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