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Millions to Measure Paperback – May 2, 2006

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Grade 1-5-The creators of How Much Is a Million? (1985) and If You Made a Million (1989, both Lothrop) bring forth another great resource in this book about weights and measures. Marvelosissimo the Mathematical Magician returns, this time to teach kids about how measurement was developed many years ago, and was first based on feet. The book traces the development of standard units of measure for distance, weight, and volume, then describes the development of the metric system in the late 1700s. A three-page appendix offers more in-depth information about the metric system. Kellogg's trademark whimsical illustrations clarify the concepts presented. As in the previous books, Schwartz presents them in a logical, step-by-step progression, with plenty of examples to provide practical context. The text is clear and brief enough for classroom presentation. This book is sure to join its predecessors as a staple.
Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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*Starred Review* Gr. 1-4. Marvelosissimo the Mathematical Magician, who made his first appearance in How Much Is a Million? (1985), returns just in time to explain the history of measurement to four curious children (and a dog). Beginning in prehistoric times and making his way to the present (with its current uneasy mixture of adherence and resistance to the metric system), Schwartz not only manages to impart a good deal of basic information about linear, weight, and volume measurements but also entertains the reader. He receives ample support from illustrator Kellogg, who contributes enough merry madness to make learning fun. Bright with shining colors, the large, detailed pictures brim with action and humor as well as history and math. Word balloons allow the characters to become good supporting actors who comment on the action, offer comic relief, and occasionally set up Marvelosissimo with a pertinent question. On the last three illustration-free pages, Schwartz offers a straightforward presentation on the metric system for older children. His tips on learning to "think metric" may be helpful to teachers as well. The froth of fun that lightens this book's educational intent may help American children absorb their centimeters and kilometers with relative ease. In fact, the more generous among them may want to share this book with their metrically challenged parents. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 470 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (May 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060848065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060848064
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
"There are millions of things-and many ways-to measure. Let's fly back in time and see how people measured many years ago..." Marvelosissimo the Magician's takes the reader from prehistoric times to the present on an entertaining and informative tour of measurement. Author, David Schwartz's engaging text, written in an easy to read, conversational style, tells the story of length, weight, and volume, and is rich in history, fun facts, and trivia. Illustrator, Steven Kellogg's cartoon-like artwork is bright and playful and each busy page is filled with humor, eye-catching, expressive detail, and clever asides. Youngsters will revel in all the easy to understand, measuring fun. A terrific explanation of the metric system concludes this little gem of a picture book, and both students and teachers will find hours of fun practicing and using the concepts they learn here.
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Format: Paperback
Take a trip with Marvelosissimo the Mathematical Magician in his hot air balloon! In this book, we travel back into time to discover the origins of measurements, first in feet and pounds, following that into standardization of the foot, expansion into large units and finally introducing the metric system. The book ends with a comparison of the two systems, and comments that the US will likely eventually switch over to metric to join the rest of the world. :) This is one of those great resources that is very educational, packed with information and still fun enough that my 1st grader understood the material and commented, "That was a great story!" Perfect for some living math into your kid's day. A little bit of an appendix in the back expands on the information presented in a more detailed and factual manner for parent or educator if you want to expand the lesson. The book does not cover Celsius versus Fahrenheit at all, but the appendix covers it some if you want to present it also as an expansion of the topic.

Illustrations are cartoony with comments bubbles, a style most kids like. And who could dislike "Hercules the Huggable Hippo"? Excellent book for fun or teaching.

Note, this is a series. We will be looking up the others in the series, as they too look great for living books in our elementary math.
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Mathematically speaking, D. Schwartz' books could be improved by including deeper content. Having said that, they are much more interesting and educational than the "count the pretty pictures" (overcrowded) category of children's books intended to aid the development of number sense.
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There is a lot in here to like... and it did a great job of teaching measurement history though I felt the transition to explaining the metric system was not as good. But the real problem is that the author put down Americans specifically for still using miles, inches, gallons etc. instead of the metric system. Children's books should not mock any people group or culture. I may agree that everyone using the metric system is great idea - I am a scientist after all and want everyone to understand each other completely... so it was right for the author to discuss this issue and the example of a rocket missing Mars due to using different measurement systems was a great example. BUT, the book cannot attack/mention/put down Americans specifically - doing so was inappropriate and crossed the line of professionalism necessary in children's books.
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Format: Paperback
I looked at this book first because it is illustrated by one of my favorite artisits, but after reading it I realized it was also a great learning tool. We have read and referenced this book MANY times over the last 2 years, checking it out from the library so many times, I finally decided I needed to buy it! It is great for ANY age to help teach or revisit units of measurement. I have 3 children, everytime one of them begins a measurement unit at school, we send it in for the teacher to read in class and they LOVE it! But it is also just fun to read and look at! I have been asked to read it or caught the kids reading it even when we are not "studying"! My youngest is 3 and not quite old enough to grasp the concepts, but LOVES the pictures and because it is written so well and in a "fun" way, she enjoys listening to the story without even realizing she is learning! It is a wonderful book and while your at, you should search out other books by this author and illustrator! They are both equally amazing at what they do individually, but teamed up in this book (and their others) it is just wonderful!
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Format: Hardcover
We recently got "Millions to Measure" for our daughter and it's a wonderful introduction to measuring systems and how they've progressed over time.

If you've got a small child and want to introduce them to measuring systems, I highly recommend this book.
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This book is soooo great when working with students on the customary and metric system. It gives them great visuals and I love that it covers capacity, length, and weight in both measurement systems.
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By mama bear on September 23, 2015
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My son and I got this from the library and kept checking it out and checking it out until I finally decided to just buy it. It makes measuring fun and the illustrations are awesome.
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