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A Million Dotsby Andrew Clements
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andlt;bandgt;It's a long way to andlt;BRandgt; a million, right?andlt;BRandgt; Of course it is.andlt;BRandgt; But do you really know andlt;BRandgt; what a million looks like?andlt;/bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; If you'd like to see — actually see, right now, with your own eyes — what a million looks like, just open this book. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Be prepared to learn some interesting things along the way. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Like how many shoe boxes it would take to make a stack to Mount Everest. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; And be prepared to do some number wondering of your own. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; But, most of all, be prepared to be amazed. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Because a million is a LOT of dots.
"Clements (Room One, reviewed below) sets out, with mixed results, to explain the concept of one million through a roundup of number factoids and an accumulation of tiny dots. After viewing the opening page — which presents a single period-size dot — readers see roundups of 10; 100; 500 and then 1,000 dots. On subsequent pages, Reed's vividly hued digital artwork, imposed against peg-board like backgrounds of minuscule dots, demonstrates bits of number trivia. Beginning with 'The wings of a mosquito beat 600 times each second,' the data progresses — quite arbitrarily — to increasingly larger numbers: from 600 to 1,860 (the number of steps to the top of the Empire State Building) then on to 24,901 (the number of miles around the Earth at the equator). In each illustration, a single dot is circled, presumably representing the number that corresponds with these highlighted facts. At the bottom right of each spread, a running total appears (e.g., '142,911 dots so far'). Readers may find some of the numerical facts Clements reveals intriguing, while some other facts may seem silly or vague (e.g., for the number 464,000: 'It would take 464,000 school-lunch cartons of chocolate milk to fill a 20-by-40-foot swimming pool'). Reed's illustrations are similarly uneven, presenting images that range from bland (a tooth-brushing scene) to humorous (a herd of dogs chasing a postman for 'More than 765,174 men and women work for the U.S. Postal Service'). Though, in theory, the volume demonstrates the impressive size of one million, kids may well be more confused than enlightened by the presentation here. Ages 4-8. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
It's a long way to
a million, right?
Of course it is.
But do you really know
what a million looks like?
If you'd like to see — actually see, right now, with your own eyes — what a million looks like, just open this book.
Be prepared to learn some interesting things along the way.
Like how many shoe boxes it would take to make a stack to Mount Everest.
And be prepared to do some number wondering of your own.
But, most of all, be prepared to be amazed.
Because a million is a LOT of dots.
In this one-of-a-kind picture book, readers actually see what one million of something looks like as this book contains one million dots and 46 amazing facts, including how many shoeboxes it takes to make a stack as high as Mount Everest. Full color.
About the Author
Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously popular Frindle. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he has been nominated for a multitude of state awards, including two Christopher Awards and an Edgar Award. His popular works include About Average, Troublemaker, Extra Credit, Lost and Found, No Talking, Room One, Lunch Money, and more. He is also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series. He lives with his wife in Maine and has four grown children. Visit him at AndrewClements.com.
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