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Grade 3-6-It's been 10 years since the queen defeated Rumpelstiltskin by speaking his name, but now he's back to demand repayment for all of the gold he spun for her so many years ago. If she does not oblige, he threatens to increase the pest population and make the kingdom's livestock and other assets disappear by multiplying with fractions. Rumpelstiltskin multiplies the king's nose by six and vows to do the same for the entire royal court, unless Peter, the queen's 10-year-old son, agrees to go with him to work off the debt. It's up to the young prince to take possession of the man's magical multiplying stick and learn how to use it in order to restore normalcy to the kingdom. Calvert has created an interesting vehicle for teaching children about the differences between multiplying with whole numbers and multiplying with fractions. While obviously an educational product, her presentation is creative. Unfortunately, the audience for this book is fairly specific, and, as such, is limited. Children who have not been exposed to these concepts will likely be confused by the math component of the story. In some areas, multiplication of fractions is not taught until the last years of elementary school, but the book's format is unlikely to appeal to them. It's unfortunate, because Calvert has written an enjoyable teaching tool, and Geehan's luminous and expressive paintings are perfect for this fairy-tale world.-Carol L. MacKay, Camrose Public Library, Alberta, Canada
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"Calvert has written an enjoyable teaching tool, and Geehan's luminous and expressive paintings are perfect for this fairy-tale world." --School and Library Journal

Students will be drawn in to a math adventure that is solved by, well, numbers. --Veritas Press

Pam Calvert uses the age-old fairy tale of Rumpelstiltskin to tell a fascinating story involving multiplication of whole numbers and fractions. --Open Wide Look Inside Podcast

"This clever adaptation will surely bring some excitement to your next math lesson." --Treasure Family Magazine
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Series: A Math Adventure
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570918902
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570918902
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Pam Calvert is an award winning children's author of many nationally acclaimed picture books. She is best known for her Princess Peepers series--the only princess who wears glasses. Her other titles include her funny math adventures--Multiplying Menace and The Multiplying Menace Divides.

Because she used to be a science teacher as well as a writing instructor/UIL coach, she speaks to thousands of children every year, encouraging them to achieve their dream and to love math through the use of literature. When she is not speaking or writing, you can find her having fun with her family in Texas.

To learn more about her or to book a school visit, go to her website at www.pamcalvert.com.

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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Format: Paperback
At first glance, i.e. judging a book by its cover, you would think that this is another version; a follow-up if you will, of the old Rumplestiltskin fairy tale, which by the way was fine with me as I am rather fond of this old story. But no, no, no...what a sneaky author we have here! While this work is indeed a rousing tale featuring the rotten little guy we all grew up with, it is so much more. In this little book we are given a wonderful math lesson dealing with multiplication of numbers and fractions.

There are basically two kinds of people in this world when it comes to math; those that "get it" and those like myself that "don't get it." If you wonder down the halls of just about any middle school or high school in the country and ask random kids what they think about math the most common answer by far is "math sux." I will be honest with you and tell you that has been my standard answer since about the age of five. (Maybe not in those word, but pretty close). This is a pity, really. I think that one of the problems is that there are so many of us that fall into the category of "don't get it" that we have found very little about math that is actually fun! This little book is actually one of those rare little gems you find now and then that does actually make math fun!

Peter, the little boy who was suppose to be given to Rumplestiltskin as the menacing little guy's payment for making straw into gold, is having his tenth birthday and Rumple shows up to collect. When he is refused the brings havoc to the kingdom using his magic walking stick to multiply things that should not be multiplied, i.e. bugs, rats, mice, noses and such, and to make things vanish through multiplication such as guards, cows, pigs, chickens and such...troubles, troubles, troubles!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Erwin Schrodinger on June 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My daughter read this book and I asked her how it was. I knew what her answer would be before I even asked, because she always gives the same answer to questions like this: "Goodish." How was school? Goodish. How was the movie? Goodish. How was Multiplying Menace? "Really good!" If that's not a 5 star rating, I don't know what is.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Donise L. Lei on October 6, 2008
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This is a great math adventure about multiplying numbers and fractions for older children. It is very clever. With its use of magic, it appeals to fanciful side of every student.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Farney on December 29, 2013
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When character was multiplying by fractions, I worried the students would be confused, since we haven't studied that concept yet. Instead, they caught on to how it works and were guessing what he'd multiplied by before I could read it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mom on March 16, 2011
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My kids, even my 3 and 4 year old, loved the story. I'm not sure the multiplying part was taken in but it is a great intro that I can go back to say hey remember when....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela Katherine on August 23, 2014
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I bought this book to help with our home school. I think it does a great job of telling the story and incorporating the math ideas at the same time. The illustrations are great and I really like that they include multiplying with fractions because my daughter will be learning just multiplication for first grade, but we will be introducing fractions to my son who is a fourth grader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By krazylady on July 25, 2012
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A fun story that I can see being used as a teaching aid for classes throughout our Primary school.The concepts of multiplication and division are explained in a simple story with concrete objects in a real world situation. A good buy too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RNolen on November 26, 2013
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This is a really cute retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. I loved that the evil little guy comes around ten years later to demand more. Such a meanie. The math lesson is wonderful - I recommend this book for grade-school age children to enjoy.
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