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One Guinea Pig Is Not Enough Paperback – January 29, 2001

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From Publishers Weekly

PW called this addition primer, in which one guinea pig is joined by another, and so on, "an exuberant and clever introduction to math that bubbles with energy from beginning to end." Ages 3-7.

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3?Duke's adorable guinea pigs romp through the pages of this cleverly layered and constructed concept book. Counting and basic addition of numerals from 1 to 10 are introduced in a spare but clever text. Visual reinforcements abound as one guinea pig totes one wagon that holds one of each kind of toy. As the numbers of animals increase, so do the objects on each page, implicitly introducing the concept of sets as the spread with three "giggling guinea pigs" shows them cavorting amid three crayons, three balloons tied to one guinea pig's waist, and three paper clips tossing or tipping from another one's ears. Math symbols such as equal and plus signs are incorporated into the acrylic illustrations in which pastel pinks, sunny yellows, and baby blues predominate. As the numbers increase, so do the frivolity and energy of the pictures as these little creatures seem to almost leap, run, or spread themselves from one page to another. After 10, the addition of another 10 "mom or dad guinea pigs" is a great way to end, since "twenty is plenty."?Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (January 29, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014056814X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140568141
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,195,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Allison L. Shaw on October 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Plenty of company joins one lonely guinea pig in this counting book for young children. As Duke adds each unique guinea pig character to the mix, the reader carries out a simple addition equation. Numbers occupy a significant portion of each illustration which also introduce the + and = signs. Even with 10 guinea pigs, however, Duke gives each one a personality and spans a range of emotions and activities with lonely, smiling, silly, giggling, singing, dancing, jumping, flying, proud, sorry, smart, helpful, hungry, sneaky, fighting and good guinea pigs. The fluffy watercolor guinea pigs have a gentle yet frisky quality that keeps the pages turning as they roll from equation to equation. Excellent for introducing the mathematical concept of addition to a very young audience. Ages 3-5.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amelia on April 10, 2004
Format: Turtleback
In the beginning of this bright and cheerful counting book, Buttercup is one "lonely guinea pig" surrounded by toys but no one to play with. However, lonely Buttercup plus another lonely guinea pig "make two smiling guinea pigs." Adding one silly guinea pig makes three giggling guinea pigs. In like fashion, more and more guinea pigs join the fun, changing from smiling, to giggling, to dancing, to flying through the air. When the five guinea pigs come down, the illustration reveals that they have destroyed one proud guinea pig's sand castle. The situation is repaired by the addition of one smart guinea pig who helps turn them all into helpful rebuilding guinea pigs.
With the inclusion of food and a subsequent nap, one sneaky guinea pig creates another ruckus by putting ice cubes on her sleeping friends' noses. The trick has all nine guinea pigs angry with each other until one big guinea pig appears and settles them all with a stern expression. All ten guinea pigs troop home to their ten guinea pig parents who happily hug their offspring. The final page is full of guinea pigs climbing and playing on a large Arabic numeral twenty as the text assures us that "twenty is plenty."
Each of the guinea pigs has his or her own personality and distinct coloring. The lively illustrations add so much to the story that the text, while it enhances the experience, isn't necessary for the reader to understand the progression of the guinea pigs' afternoon, making this book a wonderful choice for a child who wants to "read" on his own.
This is a personal favorite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is great for my 4 year old who is just beginning to learn about addition. The illustrations are cute and the wording is so funny! We always read it more than once at a time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Story and pictures are very cute. My son is 7 and this book is a bit too elementary for him. Would have suited him better a couple years ago.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Wonderful pictures and story. My 4 year old loves this story and knows all their names!
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