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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 450L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805093842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805093841
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 11.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

Zero the Hero grew out of a visit I made to a classroom. The teacher was using the Zero the Hero concept to teach place-holding to her students. In other words, Zero is a hero because he enables us to count beyond the number nine. Without him, we'd be like the ancient Romans, unable to do much in the way of math.

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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Nothing, nada, zilch ... zero.
D. Fowler
My Son really enjoyed reading this book and enjoyed it more when I read it to him.
Shaffer L. Clark III
It is a funny story and the illustrations are great.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Zero stood proud and tall on a step stool with several other numbers on either side of him and announced, "From now on, call me ZERO the HERO!" Yeah, right. They looked at him in his crazy superhero getup, rolled their eyes and poked fun of him. Seriously, what was this guy thinking? All the other numbers had a special purpose, but Zero really didn't seem to fit in or play their games because he wasn't a counting number. Everyone knows that there are one little, two little, three little Indians allllll the way up to ten, but who ever heard of zero little Indians?

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Book Worm Mom on April 17, 2012
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My son (a kindergartener) loves this book, even though I doubt he understands how clever it is. He loves the illustrations and the comic-strip like conversations between the numbers. It is a very clever book that I'm sure older kids, who would catch on to the story better, would absolutely love. Okay, I admit...I love the book too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on May 20, 2013
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This is a fun story; kids love it.

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.
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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.
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By J.E.D. on February 19, 2014
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This book is AMMMMMMMMAZING.
SUCH a cute way to get across the importance of zero. Great illustrations, simple(but somewhat lengthy) pages of awesomeness. Great for classroom use.
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By Jodie Sipes on October 14, 2013
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great book for the classroom to study why we need zero in our world. He is a wonderful role model too
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This book tells such a clever story with lots of laughs for all ages. Who knew numbers could be such fun?!? My grandsons (now 6 & 8) have requested this book for years... And I enjoyed reading it to them every time... sometimes multiple bedtimes in a row. After borrowing it from the library a zillion times, I decided this was a special book we would want to keep forever... So I bought it!
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Zero the Hero is a great children's book. It teaches children a lot of useful information about numbers. From this book, children can learn how to count from one to ten. It also teaches a lot of math skills. Children can learn division, subtraction, multiplication, and addition. They can also learn how to count in roman numerals. The illustration of Zero multiplying by a rock is a little silly but it reinforces that multiplying anything by zero is zero. I like the numbers witty and punny commentary. I think kids as young as four should read this book because it makes math easy to understand at a young age.
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