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Give Me Half! (Mathstart: Level 2 (HarperCollins Paperback))

4.4 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0739825365
ISBN-10: 0739825364
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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3?The concept that "_ and _ is 1" is presented using two bickering siblings who cannot share anything without parental intervention. Finally, the situation degenerates into a food fight, and the kids decide that if they each clean up half, they'll be done a lot sooner. Although the presentation of the math concept is clear and straightforward and the acrylic, gouache, and pencil illustrations are colorful and quirky, the singsong rhyme and lack of any real plot make this a less interesting choice than Pat Hutchins's The Doorbell Rang (Greenwillow, 1986). A list of suggestions for adults using the book with children follows the story.?JoAnn Rees, Sunnyvale Public Library, CA
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From Booklist

Ages 4^-8. A little boy sits down to enjoy a pizza, saying, "I have one whole pizza. . . and it's all for me!" When his sister comes home the sparring begins: "I'm going to get some pizza--just you wait and see." Sure enough, their parent intervenes to insist that they share the food equally. Then Sister brings out the last can of juice, and later a package of two cupcakes, and the cycle repeats. Each time, bold black numbers point out that xba +xba = tates a food fight that ends in the children willingly sharing cleanup duties (with a little help from their dog). The nicely executed large-scale illustrations express every nuance of the kids' feelings, from greed to righteous indignation. One of the few math concept books with realistic dialogue, authentic emotions, and genuine humor. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Mathstart: Level 2 (HarperCollins Paperback)
  • Paperback: 34 pages
  • Publisher: Steck-Vaughn (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739825364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739825365
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 10 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,711,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is an accurate description of how children react to sharing. As the brother and sister learn to share the food each of them have, they are also learning about fractions. Each child is reminded by their parents to divide the pizza, juice, and cupcakes in half to share equally. The children's first instinct is to share unequally. The book introduces new terms (i.e. divide) and gives the reader a fun introduction to fractions and getting along with each other.
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In theory the concept of helping children understand fractions at a basic level is great. I liked the visuals with a dividing line down on the pizza showing half, or dividing a package of 2 cupcakes. I also liked that the author included on some pages the math equations like 1/2 + 1/2 = 1.

What I really did not like is the tone and the words the children and the mom (whom you do not see) in the story use. They are not very respectful to each other. I looked past the title "Give me Half" hoping the rest of the book would not be that sassy but I was wrong. Things like "I know you want some pizza, sis...you only get one slice" then "you'd better give me more than that", later on "you'd better give me some". Doesn't sound so terrible when you are reading it to yourself but when you read it to children (in my case, 4 year old twins) it sounds really sassy and rude, even my children noticed it and commented about the rude words on almost every page.
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I got this book for my daughter, who is in Kindergarten. It illustrates very basic fraction concepts in a way that got my daughter very interested (pizza, cupcakes, etc). For it's purpose, the book entertained my daughter with the talk of sharing with siblings (which she connected to also with friends) and there's a food fight at the end that she found funny. We did have a discussion afterwards about how she should not really talk like they do in the book and we don't really throw food, but she seemed to have no problem understanding that it was a book and was supposed to be funny, and that it wasn't necessarily real. Now whenever we have food that can be easily divided she has a blast applying fractions to it.
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I expected this to be a fun storybook about fractions. In fact, it is a very boring story of two siblings who don't want to share. The only fraction in the book is half. It is shown on only 2-3 pages. I was expecting a story where more fractions were introduced to share 'lunch' with a larger and larger group. Disappointing.
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This was a good book to use as we studied fractions and the kids enjoyed it very much. It is a new book to me, and I used it along with Eating Fractions, by Bruce McMillan. The books help the students to see concretely what fractional parts really are, and the symbols that represent those parts.
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Used this book in my 3rd grade math class. My students loved it! I used it as an interactive read aloud and my students loved figuring out the fractions. I didn't have to plan much for this read aloud which was the best part!
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I like this book as an introduction to fractions. I use it with my kindergarten students. They can all relate to having to share with siblings or friends..... and they love the food fight at the end of the story!
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Hello. I am an American, living in a town of about 3000 people in southwest Germany, raising a 3-3/4 year old daughter. Toward the end and after World War II, the people in Germany did not have enough to eat. Grandparents in Germany remember being hungry in their childhoods. To this day, food for humans is treated with respect and reverence here. It is not wasted, if at all possible. I borrowed this book from my friend to consider buying it for our daughter. There is no way that we can have it on our shelf here, as it devotes SIX PAGES to a FOOD FIGHT. Ok, the kids clean up the thrown pizza, cookies, cupcakes, (super nutrition, isn't it!) and "juice" in the end, but most of it gets thrown in the trash. Germans feel guilty when they throw food in the trash. Also, as another reviewer has already noted, the language and feelings between the brother and sister shown are also very unkind and disrespectful. This book devotes an entire THREE pages to anything mathematical. Choose another book by Stuart J. Murphy - Tally O'Malley is a great book!
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