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Measuring Penny Hardcover – March 15, 1998

4.8 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4?Leedy offers another winning math-concept book. Lisa has a homework assignment to measure something in as many ways as she can, using standard and nonstandard units. "Use your imagination!" is the last instruction the teacher gives the students. Lisa chooses her Boston terrier and the fun begins. She measures Penny and a variety of other dogs. In the process, readers learn that Penny's nose is one inch long. Her tail is one biscuit long. She is bigger than a pug, smaller than a cocker spaniel, and weighs about the same as a Shetland Sheepdog. Lisa measures how much her pet eats, how high she jumps, how much time it takes to care for her, how much money is invested in her, how fast Penny runs, and a variety of other doggie traits. The results are shared with readers through charts, graphs, and reports. Large, uncluttered earth-toned pastel acrylics create a pleasing look in this clever concept book. Readers have the opportunity to learn about measuring as well as glean a lot of information about keeping a canine. A great introduction to the subject, and one that tells a good story, too.?Jane Claes, T. J. Lee Elementary School, Irving, TX
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Gr. 2^-4. With several successful informational picture books already to her credit, including Mission Addition and Postcards from Pluto (1993), Leedy turns her attention to a subject children frequently have difficulty understanding: measurement. In this creative introduction, she takes a look at various kinds of measurement (height, weight, volume, even time and temperature) and units of measure, presenting them as part of a scenario in which a young girl, Lisa, uses her dog, Penny, to help her complete her measuring assignment for class. Crisp, carefully captioned pictures, including many easy-to-grasp visual comparisons, spread across large-size pages, making the book easy to use with a small group. Leedy goes into the most detail about height and length, demonstrating, in the illustrations and through a chart, the relationship between inches, feet, and yards. She's more general with other measures, sticking largely to introducing units of measurement (for example, tablespoon, teaspoon, second, minute), and leaving the rest up to grown-ups to explain. One of the best parts of the book is her treatment of nonstandard units, which is both fun and informative: Penny's tail is one dog biscuit long, but it takes 10 biscuits to measure the tail of a greyhound. Leedy also introduces children to the more abstract concept of value: "We decided Penny is kind of expensive . . . but she's worth it," which adults can explain further in follow-up discussions. The book is perfect for classroom use, but it's also not much of a stretch to imagine children at home whipping out measuring devices and cornering their pets. Stephanie Zvirin
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 500L (What's this?)
  • Series: Penny
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (March 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805053603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805053609
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,216,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This engaging book teaches the difference between standard and non-standard measurement. Lisa and Penny, her dog take us on a measuring adventure for a homework assignment. A classic for explaining such a difficult concept! My 2nd and 3rd graders loved it! A sure-fire way to invite and excite!
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I used this book with my kindergarteners and they adored it! They already knew Penny from the book about maps so they were excited to listen to a Penny book in math. We used it as our starting point to get an overview on measurement and then went back to specific sections of the book to learn about each type of measurement. When Lisa used herself as a measuring tool, the students used their bodies as measuring tools. When Lisa used dog biscuits to measure Penny, we measured things in the room with dog biscuits. There are so many ways to do the things that Lisa does in the classroom and bring this book, and measuring, alive!
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It was so exciting to find a book that focused on making math and measuring fun. What fun it is for kids to relate learning with their everyday surroundings. Children almost always have access to dogs in their house or neighborhood. After reading this book, my students voluntarily measured their dogs and everyday household items. They were learning and having fun at the same time thanks to Penny, the Boston Terrier.
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I loved this book. The book was so fun. Kids love this book because it has to do with dogs. It was very easy to read and to understand all of the measurements. Kids get into the book and want to go measure their own dog or cat at home. I enjoyed this book a lot and would recommend it to anyone who has to teach measuring to their kids or their class.
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Lisa has a homework assignment. She needs to measure something. Why not Penny? She uses standard units of measurement, such as inches and centimeters, along with non-standard units of measurement, such as dog biscuits and herself, to measure her dog Penny, and other dogs too. She conducts weight comparisons of dogs with the use of a teeter-totter, and then she takes Penny home to conduct volume measurements with food and water. The illustrations are done in a simple and direct way to help children understand the concept of units of measurement. This is an outstanding book.
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It covers standard and nonstandard (dog paws) units of measurement, length, capacity, weight...it's entertaining and leads itself to creative lesson ideas. Kids love it!
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This book was perfect for introducing nonstandard units of measurement to my 2nd grade class. The book itself is large so I can show the pictures to the whole class, no problem. Furthermore it arrived promptly and in perfect condition. I am very pleased with the product!
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Christmas gift for granddaughter who complained she couldn't keep it checked out of the library long enough.
Stuck in a flexible hot pink ruler from the office supply because she wanted a ruler too.
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