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The Doorbell Rang Big Book (Mulberry Big Book) Paperback – April 25, 1994

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From Publishers Weekly

Victoria and Sam are just sitting down to a plateful of Ma's cookies when the doorbell rings, and two of their friends arrive to share the feast. The doorbell rings again and again and each time the number of cookies per person dwindles until at last there is only one cookie per person and . . . the doorbell rings again! (Luckily, it's Grandma arriving with reinforcements.) Hutchins's quirky illustrations nicely depict her suspenseful tale; the characters have an unusually authentic feeling and convey a strong sense of family. The book is, of course, a mini-lesson in short division. But don't tell any kidsthe arithmetic is so subtly incorporated into the story that they need never know it's there.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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PreSchool-Grade 3-When Ma gave Sam and Victoria a dozen cookies to share, they were delighted. Then the doorbell rang, and rang, and rang. As more children arrived, from various ethnic backgrounds, sharing required other division problems so everyone would have equal amounts. The final ring of the doorbell, however, brings good news. The female narrator reads this delightful cumulative tale by Pat Hutchins (Greenwillow, 1986) with a smile, and creates different voices for the various characters. A doorbell sound effect is used. One side of the tape includes page turn signals, while the other does not. Sound quality is excellent. This is a nice treatment for a popular book about sharing that deserves a place in every math/literacy collection.
Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA
Copyright 2001 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
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Mulberry Big Book
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (April 25, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688131018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688131012
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 14.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,096,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 28, 1998
Format: Paperback
I have got a lot of mileage out of this book. With my own son, it has brought back wonderful memories of his own Grandma's cookies. As a Day Care Provider, I have delighted my day care children with this story during "circle time". They would get a kick out of following the kitty in the illustrations. As an investigations math instructor, I have relied on this story for Grade levels 2&3 to explain the concept of fractions and division. Every kid that has heard this story, for whatever the reason, gives it a two thumbs up.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gail A. Brewster on June 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book was one of my daughters favorites when she was little. She giggled every time I said, with great zeal, "And the doorbell rang"! My house has always been quite active which made this story perfect for us. For any parent with a busy life, this book with tickle you to the core. I enjoyed reading it as much as my daughter enjoyed listening to it. Truly a fun read!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By sad-Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
How silly... they list the age ranges for this delightful book as 4 to 8 years of age; like 2 year olds aren't interested in cookies and friends!

In fact this small book is a good choice for any young child's library, especially as this is a story that can grow with a child. When they are really young it can be a tale about friendship and sharing. When they grow older, the sly parent can introduce a math lesson along with a reading lesson. (At first there are 12 cookies for 2 children, which makes 6 each. When 2 additional children visit that makes 3 cookies each and so on.)

This book was on my entering kindergartners summer reading list and we definitely agree that it is a great read. Certainly my just-turned 3 year-old and 5 year-old give this wonderful book two thumbs up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ulyyf on November 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
The plot is the sort of repetition that little children love. Two children come home and sit down to a big plate of cookies - twelve cookies for two children! But the doorbell rings (and rings and rings) and their cookies dwindle from twelve for two to twelve for four, to twelve for six, and finally twelve cookies for twelve children. You can see the subtly less happy expressions on their face when the doorbell rings YET AGAIN. What are they going to do - break their cookies in half?

No, it's grandma. Somehow, using her magic powers of being a grandma, she's shown up with more cookies for everybody. A[...]

There's not that much to the story, which makes it perfect for the smaller child. Sometimes little kids like short, simple stories they can predict. And of course, note the diversity of the kids - not all picture books have a diverse cast, so that's always a nice bonus.

Of course, the kids don't wipe their feet and they don't wash their hands, and they wear shoes in the house... but if THIS is why you're reading picture books, well, I can't help you there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Gault on June 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a fun book that children will have you reading over and over. They will remember the words set by the mother and repeat them with you. There are lessons to learn here as well as the delight of having this read to them. First is the social lesson that no matter how many children arrive each time the doorbell rings, the family will share the cookies with them. The mother has baked a dozen cookies for her two kids to eat, so when each additional friend arrives the dozen is divided to share with the new kids. This teaches children to share and also gives them a simple math lesson in breaking up the original dozen. Just when it looks like each child will only get one cookie, the bell rings again and it's grandma with more. Kids won't notice but mom is mopping the footprints on the kitchen floor with more being added with each new friend coming in....she doesn't seem to mind the mess! Being published in paperback has made this an affordable edition to a child's library.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Jung on November 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
Sam and Victoria's mother makes a dozen cookies to share. Then the doorbell rings and two friends arrive. Now the cookies must be divided between four people. Just as this is settled, the doorbell rings again. How many people can a dozen cookies be shared with? Not a problem. Grandma shows up just in time with more! This book is a must for children learning multiplication and division. I am an Education Major at the University of Arizona. I took this book into a third grade class just finishing up their multiplication/division unit. We integrated their white boards and they illustrated the division of cookies, and the resulting equation as we proceeded through the story. They really had fun! I highly recommend this book. The story is well written and the illustrations are terrific!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LRL on January 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have been reading Pat Hutchins books to children for many years. They are all wonderful. The Doorbell Rang is great for learning problem solving, math concepts,and the joy and sometimes the dilemma of sharing!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Houston on April 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
This a great book for almost every child. I am an Education Major at Pima Community College in Tucson, Az. I work also work at a Pre-school and the childeren love this book (Childeren ages 12 months to 3 1/2 years). We read it atleast once a day. This is a great book because they don't know it but they are learning how to add and subtract, using cookies. It's great because if you read it aloud to them and then show them how many kids show up, then they start to realize how many cookies are actually there, and then it gets to how many cookies each child will get. The first time I read this book to my kids, they loved it and after the second time they stated to pick up on the subratcion part of the book and now every time we read the book they can come up with the anserws on thier own. It's really amazing to me how they will start to pick it up.
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