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Zero the Hero Hardcover – February 28, 2012
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Collection of Five "Who Was" Biographies
In this box set, discover the life and times of five icons of black history and celebrate the difference they made in the world. Hardcover
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“…cartoon energy and amusing visual asides, this story does for numbers what Laurie Keller did for states…” ―Booklist
“This tale not only reinforces mathematical principles, but also has a great message about friendship and personal feelings. It can be read aloud, alone, or performed as reader's theater.” ―School Library Journal
“Read this aloud to whet the new reader's appetite, but there is just so much to see that only a slow reading, with a magnifying glass in hand, will do.” ―Horn Book Magazine
“…features walking, talking written characters (digits, in this case, rather than letters), accompanied by Lichtenheld's snappy, cartoon-style art.” ―Publishers Weekly
“A hero and some villains and good winning over evil (oh, and all that educational stuff, too), all wrapped in humor and tied with a comic bow--what could be better?” ―Kirkus Reviews
From the Author
I immediately visualized Zero as an underdog math superhero, complete with cape. But it took me years to actually finish writing this book about him. Lucky thing, because the timing was perfect. The manuscript hit my editor's desk just as she was working with a wonderful, bestselling artist named Tom Lichtenheld, who agreed to illustrate it.
Zero the Hero subtly teaches place-holding and arithmetic operations like addition and subtraction. It touches on stuff like rounding up and down, even and odd numbers--and the fact that the number eight looks like a snowman. But all of that is secondary. I just hope it's a fun story that you and your family or students enjoy!
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Top Customer Reviews
All the other numbers felt that Zero was so useless he'd never be able to play with them and number five declared, "Well, tough noogies. He's not a counting number so he can't play." When he tagged along with number one, he could be a ten, but sometimes Zero was mistaken for a donut (with sprinkles no less!). When Zero was added to or subtracted from any other number they stayed the same. Division made him look like a dud. Multiplication scared `em all away because everyone knows what happens when you multiply a number by zero. Nothing, nada, zilch ... zero. How could Zero (who wasn't looking quite like a hero) possibly show everyone just how special he really was?
This is an excellent introduction to the mathematical concept of zero that will excite young children. Zero the Hero is a fun and fabulous way to introduce children to the many uses zero has in mathematics. Each page comes alive with Tom Lichtenheld's vibrant artwork as the numbers talk to one another. In these pages we learn about several concepts emphasizing the importance of the zero and are briefly introduced to Roman numerals.Read more ›
The book works for how adding zero gets you the original number; subtracting zero gets you the original number, and dividing by zero is impossible. However, multiplying by zero gets you ZERO! ANd then all the friends shun him. And then Roman Numerals come take the numbers captive.
But the REAL value of zero is not in multiplication; it is in zero as a placeholder. Not enough of that.
Every once in a while I get a chance to review a children's book. My kids are no longer interested in picture books, well...they have moved up to graphic novels! Joan Holub has written an amazing amount of children's books and I have read many with my kids. Her newest book Zero the Hero just came out and I was lucky enough to win a copy! Once I was done with it I donated it to my 10 year old's elementary school.
Poor Zero, all the other numbers (1-9) tease him because when playing addition, subtraction and division games he means....well, nothing! But when they get to multiplication, the numbers become scared of Zero because anything times zero is zero. Zero has the power to make them disappear. Zero only wants to help others and runs away so he won't hurt the other numbers. Of course after he has left the other numbers start to realize they need Zero, but before they can find him the Roman Numerals attack, spears, togas and all! Zero comes back to save the day and he shows the Roman Numerals what happens when he does multiplication (he uses a rock. Zero X rock = zero). The Roman Numerals get scared and run away.
This story is full of silly number puns that children and their parents can enjoy and the cheerfully bright cartoon illustrations by New York Times bestselling artist Tom Lichtenheld are full of visual humor. There is also a message about what it means to be a friend, this is an excellent choice for kindergarten through third grade kids.
I really believe my seven year-old son will enjoy this book. He is always interested in reading books that he can read out loud. A lot of the time I ask him to read quietly to himself. This book has eye catching illustrations that go hand and hand with the story written between it’s pages.
I am truly in love with the writing style of Miss Holub, she has such a knack for words. Her children’s books are so nicely written and illustrated. I really recommend her books for parents looking for books for their children. She also has Middle Grade Series that I have been reviewing as well, look into them, they are some of the best books I have read and I am sure you and you children will enjoy them as much as my children and I are.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Super fun story of zero. A favorite of our 3 year old over many weeksPublished 5 months ago by Ann DuBois
I admittedly hate math with a passion. So, it was with pure reluctance that I even read this book. However, I like the author and so I gave it a go. I was not disappointed. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Naila Moon
Great book that has helped drive conversation with my five yr old daughter around arithmetic. She asks about Zero the Hero daily, now.Published 5 months ago by Anon
This is a really neat creative way to help teach older kids about the number 0 and what it does in math. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rosa Cline
My 3 year old and I read this together and could not stop laughing! What a clever book! If i ever write a kids book this is how I would like to write.Published 22 months ago by Brandon R. Wilson
This book is AMMMMMMMMAZING.
SUCH a cute way to get across the importance of zero. Great illustrations, simple(but somewhat lengthy) pages of awesomeness. Read more
great book for the classroom to study why we need zero in our world. He is a wonderful role model tooPublished on October 14, 2013 by Jodie Sipes