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Kindergarten-Grade 2-As in her previous concept books, Leedy creates an action-packed volume that is perfectly suited to its audience. The softly hued cartoon animals and dialogue balloons are skillfully combined on pages divided into framed sequences. There is plenty going on, but not so much as to be confusing. A scholarly hippo leads her class on a fun-filled adventure in numbers. Readers learn, along with Miss Prime's quirky students, about such important mathematical concepts as the definition of difference, writing a subtraction equation, regrouping, and three-digit equations. Most importantly, Leedy introduces practical application of mathematics when the class goes to the school fair. Tally and Otto use subtraction to sell snacks and Fay tries to break an obstacle-course record. Other brief episodes involve calculations as well. The text is interactive; a math problem is presented in every episode with the answers given on the back page. A zany book that is sure to make a difference at home and in the classroom.
Holly T. Sneeringer, St. Mark School, Baltimore, MD
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Ages 6-8. Similar in concept and format to her earlier math books Mission: Addition (1997) and Fraction Action (1994), this picture book features Miss Prime and her class as they learn about subtraction in seven short chapters centering around the school fair. In one chapter, the class watches a puppet play in which cookies disappear from Little Red Riding Hood's basket. Another chapter involves price slashing at two competing refreshment stands. Episodic and mildly amusing, the stories offer a variety of situations to reinforce learning about subtraction in students who understand the concept and have already had some practice. Leedy's cartoonlike drawings and chalk-box colors give the pages an inviting look. This isn't likely to persuade disbelievers that math is fun, but it will entertain children who enjoy the subject. Carolyn Phelan
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; Reprint edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823417646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823417643
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.6 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been writing and illustrating picture books for children for over twenty-five years. Though I majored in art in college, at the time I wasn't sure what kind of artist to be. Fortunately, it turned out that combining words and art to create picture books was a perfect career for me. Most of my books center around a particular topic such as fractions, the solar system, writing, and other math, science, and language arts curriculum content. The characters and story lines help to put the subject matter into a meaningful context for young readers.

After growing up mostly in Delaware, I moved to central Florida in the mid 1980s and currently live with my husband Andy on a three acre property with hawks, herons, and horses (the horses live next door.) We love the rustle of the pine needles in the breeze, the screeching of sandhill cranes flying overhead, and the chattering of many small birds that come and go as they please.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anna M. Ligtenberg VINE VOICE on January 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN 0439300371 - Printed in the U.S.A. No age range specified. Paperback, 32 pages. Published by Scholastic Inc. in September 2001. By, and illustrated by, Loreen Leedy.

Miss Prime's class learns to use math in everyday activities, such as using tickets to the school fair and subtracting to find out how many are left. Presented in an almost comic book style.

I'm not a fan. The pages are sometimes too cluttered with things that distract from the math. The illustrations are quite nice, just too much at times. Children who have difficulty focusing on math might find that this book helps them, without them even being aware. For that, it deserves some credit.

- AnnaLovesBooks
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My first grader loved this book. It reinforced the subtraction she's learning at school in a fun, non-worksheet way. We read it in one sitting in about 30 minutes, but it's also easy to read 1-2 chapters at a time. The subtraction concepts are K-3rd grade - from very introductory to double-digit subtraction with regrouping. This was a great review of basic subtraction and an entertaining introduction to what's to come in later grades. There is a lot going on on many of the pages which can be good for some and distracting for others. We found the "Fair is Fair" chapter about waiting in line a little hard to understand the first time through with all of the actions on the pages. We'll definitely revisit the later chapters in the 2nd and 3rd grades as she learns those concepts in school.
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My kids love this book and its counterparts--Mission Addition and Fraction Action (I think that's the name of the fraction book, but don't quote me on that). I love these books that Loreen Leedy created. They're colorful, silly, fun, and educational. My kids have read them so many times, giggling over the silliness, and thoroughly enjoying learning about math. Highly recommend.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rosario Fiallos on December 23, 2009
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This is a great learning tool. My daughter loves to read, so it's wonderful she is both reading and doing math at the same time.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E Fed on February 2, 2015
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Excellent book for use with subtraction.
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