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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)
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!
Great book that has helped drive conversation with my five yr old daughter around arithmetic. She asks about Zero the Hero daily, now.Published 16 days 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 6 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 16 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 22 months ago by Jodie Sipes
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... Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by A. Thomas
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. Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by Kayla's Reads and Reviews