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Whole-y Cow! Fractions are Fun Hardcover – August 24, 2010
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About the Author
Taryn J. Souders lives in Winter Park, Florida. With a background in math education, she is passionate about keeping math fun for young students. This is her first children’s book.
Tatjana Mai-Wyss was born in Switzerland. She remembers learning about fractions with the help of a typical Swiss cake. Tatjana has illustrated several children’s books and her work has been published in books and magazines in the United States and abroad. She lives in South Carolina.
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Top Customer Reviews
At first he thought it looked too babyish for him and he didn't want to read it. But mom is usually right, and when he did read it, he enjoyed it. We laughed along together at some of the silly illustrations and situations, and he liked using his brain to try to figure out the fractions. By the end of the book, he really got the idea of how to figure out the top part and the bottom part of a fraction.
Great book! There's also a teacher's guide available at the author's website [...] which would be great for teachers, homeschoolers, or just for home enrichment.
One of the important concepts to teach about fractions is that ALL PARTS MUST BE THE SAME SIZE. For instance, drawing a line between the front and hind quarters of a cow and saying that the parts are EQUAL SIZE is obviously not true, and it confuses children. To say that the swimsuit pictured in the book is 1/3 blue (or white or red) is also not correct because the swimsuit is not divided into equal-sized portions.
I really hate to criticize any picture book, but I bought this to use with a 2nd grade fractions unit, and it really can't be used for that purpose.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a great introduction to naming fractions as part of a set or part of a whole.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Any author who can make fractions fun is a treasure, and Souders does the trick, complete with humor, which is usually absent from math-related stories. Highly recommendedPublished 11 months ago by C. Hunter
Extremely cute and fun way to teach fractions. Some grammar errors are in the story.Published 13 months ago by Winnie
Thank you, Ms. Souders, for a book that both entertains and educates my elementary school nieces! Hoping there will be a next installment -- we'll be first in line!Published 19 months ago by Courtney
Great book! My kids loved it and really picked up this critical part of math quickly.Published 20 months ago by Mom from TX
Great read aloud for teachers to use with students. This book does a great job of modeling fractions, while allowing students to integrate reading and math.Published on June 19, 2014 by Schmari