- Age Range: 5 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 24, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1452107149
- ISBN-13: 978-1452107141
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.5 x 12.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #844,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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K-Gr 4-This addition to animal counting books mixes in science and mathematical processing to share numbers from behaviors or events occurring over an animal's lifetime. The count begins with the single egg sac a cross spider produces in its lifetime. The count continues with 10 sets of antlers a caribou grows, then 20 fleeces for a llama, and up to 50 before it skips to 100, 200, 550, 900 and 1,000. Each spread highlights a different insect, animal, or plant. The main text is minimal and suitable for storytime while the back is appropriate for older readers, providing background information on each animal and an explanation of how the numbers were derived. Additional pages explain how an average is calculated and the author's love of math. The illustrations are stylized, using high contrast to ease counting and improve legibility, although numbers beyond 200 will require very determined numerists. This book will be useful for units on integrating literature into math instruction.-Carol S. Surges, formerly at Longfellow Middle School, Wauwatosa, WIα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Schaefer combines her interest in animals and her fascination with numbers, using sparse text to introduce both animals and a numerical fact about a specific characteristic of each animal. An introduction provides the caveat that approximations differ depending on many factors in the life of the animal. The text is matter-of-fact, and the colors of the mixed-media illustrations subdued, but they complement each other in tone. It takes a bit to realize that Neal’s illustration for each animal matches the number Schaefer uses in the text. For instance, the illustration for sea horses has 1,000 “teeny-weeny, squiggly-wiggly baby sea horses.” (Feel up to counting all of them?) Thankfully, as part of the back matter, Schaefer adds detailed information about each animal and its life span, how she calculated the estimations she uses throughout the book, two animal math problems to solve, and more. Fills a clever niche for both animal science and mathematics. Preschool-Grade 2. --J. B. Petty
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The numbers do grow from 1- 1000, but unlike other "growing" books it is a random, but higher number so if you are expecting 1, 2, 3, 4... it is not that sequential, instead think 1, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 100, 200, 550...
Back of the book is full of animal facts and even better, the idea of averages and introducing math concepts to emerging readers.
I loved the quirky facts, images, and that my 4 year old did too.
If you like this book then I suggest checking out the book, Sad Animal Facts!