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Double Play!: Monkeying Around with Additionby Betsy Franco
Synopses & Reviews
Brrriiiing! Recess time! Little chimps Jill and Jake find more than just their favorite games in the schoolyard today. They also discover the important mathematical concept of doubling, or adding a number to itself. Easy to learn and fun to memorize, doubling is a valuable problem-solving tool that helps kids prepare for multiplication. A must-have addition to any math-themed picture book library, Double Play makes this arithmetic lesson as welcome as recess.
"In this counting book about doubling numbers, monkeys Jill (in pink overalls) and Jake (in stripes) find all sorts of applications for math on the playground: 'With just their knees,/ they grip the bars./ They're upside-downside/ circus stars. 2 knees + 2 knees = 4 knees.' Along with their animal classmates, they take part in games like four square and jump rope ('Their jumping makes/ a rhythmic sound,/ while friends turn ropes/ that slap the ground. 3 kids + 3 kids = 6 kids'). Franco's rhymes swing effortlessly along with the animals' play, giving the simple addition lesson read-aloud appeal. Ages 4 — 8. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
BETSY FRANCO has written over 8 books for children and young adults, including picture books, poetry collections, novels, and nonfiction, such as the award-winning math title, Zero Is the Leaves on the Tree. Her books have received numerous accolades, notably the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Honor, the Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best, a Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice, and a Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award nomination.
DOUG CUSHMAN has illustrated and/or written over 100 books for children and collected a number of honors along the way, including a Reading Rainbow selection, a New York Times bestseller, and the New York Public Library's Best 100 Books of 2000.
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