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This Plus That: Life's Little Equations Hardcover – April 26, 2011
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About the Author
Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a New York Times bestselling author of books for children and grown-ups. Her children's books include Plant a Kiss (illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds); Little Pea and This Plus That (Jen Corace); Cookies: Bit-Size Life Lessons (Jane Dyer); Duck! Rabbit!, The OK Book, Yes Day!, and Exclamation Mark (Tom Lichtenheld); Spoon and Chopsticks (Scott Magoon); The Wonder Book (Paul Schmid); Uni the Unicorn (Brigette Barrager); and Awake Beautiful Child (Gracia Lam). Her work for grown-ups includes the memoir Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life and the film project The Beckoning of Lovely. Amy lives online at www.whoisamy.com and for real in Chicago.
Jen Corace is an artist and freelance illustrator who lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island. Originally from the suburbs of southern New Jersey, she eventually made her way to the Rhode Island School of Design and graduated with a BFA in illustration. Jen has previously collaborated with Amy Krouse Rosenthal on Little Pea, Little Hoot, and Little Hoot.
Top Customer Reviews
There's a certain wry humor to "small + bottle = baby" and "tall + coffee = grown-up" as a dad hugs his baby in one arm, and his coffee with the other. I don't want to quote the whole book, but another of my favorite pages was "cozy + smell of pancakes - alarm clock = weekend" How very true! The illustration depicts a strawberry blonde girl snuggled under a rainbow pinwheel quilt, dreaming of a large stack of buttery pancakes. I'll recommend this fun book for readers 5-8 and see if it sparks them to make up any "equations" of their own.
Jen Corace's simple and beautiful illustrations (just like the ones she did for the Little Pea, Little Hoot, Little Oink series), paired with Rosenthal's written equations, are just the right addition to this mathematical exploration. Like many of Rosenthal's books, I want to buy multiple copies and give them as gifts. I guess that's another play on this book's theme?
Amy Krouse Rosenthal x Books= Wonderful Gifts that keep on Giving
To all those who know Amy's works, you won't be disappointed. To all those who don't know her works, you need to buy this book for a basic introduction: An Amy Krouse Rosenthal 101, so to speak!
A boy brings his knees tightly to his chest, holds them with his arms and begins to tumble across the floor as his dog tries to catch him . . . "somersaults + somersaults + somersaults = dizzy." There are right ways and wrong ways to do things. It's certainly not right to blame your baby brother for breaking a vase when you did it. Oh, my, oh, no! Everyone knows that "blaming + eye rolling" does not equal a "sincere apology" but an "'I'm sorry' + hug = sincere apology" most certainly do!
This book is a marvelous journey through word formulas every youngster will love. This was a very unique and fun book to read that brings a little humor to the equation of life. The artwork is quite whimsical, yet simple and appealing. No doubt this will be a homeschool and classroom favorite as teachers read this one aloud and set their students to work creating their own equations. No doubt that this + that + 1 classroom = FUN! This is one book you might just want to + to your list.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was used in my 6th grade class to introduce equations. After the story, they "wrote their own equations" just like the ones in the book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Some of these equations are a bit odd, but the illustrations are fantastic and overall it is great.Published 6 months ago by Jen Turrell
Grand daughter gets the story line and she just smiles when I read it too her.Published 9 months ago by gammyd
How adorable! Many of the phrases were slightly beyond my six year old. But she still enjoys it and the book has inspired us to come up with our own this plus that... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Cynthia R. Cox
Delightful book of equations for kids. It made my 5-year-old laugh as he figured them out. We read it several times.Published 15 months ago by J. Denhartog
I am excited to use this book for a guidance lesson (as a school counselor). I think that using simple equations will be great for encouraging students' thinking about... Read morePublished on July 7, 2014 by Tanya
We are great fans of Amy Rosenthal's. I purchased this book for the sibling at a baby shower. She seemed to like it. I read it to her and it held her attention too.Published on March 31, 2014 by Mary P. Edwards
my grand niece loved this book! she's 6. she loved the way the equations make sense to her. me too.Published on March 28, 2014 by alexa