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Inchworm and A Half Hardcover – Picture Book, March 26, 2001

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Pinczes's latest book focusing on a math concept comes up short. Measuring by whole numbers and fractions is the lesson of the day here, but unlike her previous A Remainder of One and One Hundred Hungry Ants, which successfully focused on one concept throughout, this title takes on too much. The narrative features a wacky refrain ("Squirmy, wormy, hoppity-hoop!/ We measure everything, loopity loop") and stars an inchworm that sets out to measure the vegetables in her garden: "Her measuring method is simple:/ each loop that she takes is one inch./ She starts at one end, and results will depend/ on the number of loops--that's a cinch!" However, readers may have difficulty discerning, from Enos's cartoon-like pictures, the correlation between the worms' lengths and what they are measuring. The art, inexplicably, is not to scale, and as smaller worms--whose respective loopy paths measure one-half, one-third and one-fourth of an inch--enter the illustrations, things become even more confusing. Unfortunately, the vague measurements depicted in the art and lack of the humorous story line usually associated with the author's work add up to one disappointing volume. Ages 4-8.

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From School Library Journal

Gr 1-3-An introduction to measurement, told in rhyme. Referring to the inchworm, the text explains: "Her measuring method is simple: each loop that she takes is one inch." The accompanying picture shows the little creature looping her way up a ruler. Then one day, the worm measures a bean and she has a bit left over. The concept of fractions is then introduced by having a worm half her size measure it. The story proceeds in this manner with the worms getting smaller and smaller. All of the action takes place in a garden, and the colors of the objects being measured are bright and cheerful: a yellow ruler, green asparagus, bright orange carrots, and huge red tomatoes. The pictures illustrate just how the anthropomorphized characters, one always identifiable in his red baseball cap, go about their tasks while enhancing children's understanding of fractions.-Sheilah Kosco, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Clarion Books; 1st edition (March 26, 2001)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 039582849X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0395828496
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 4 - 7 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ Preschool - 3
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.5 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 9 x 0.37 x 8 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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Elinor Pinczes and Randall Enos have collaborated together on another book for children, My Full Moon Is Square. Ms. Pinczes is the author of several other books for young readers. She lives with her husband in Bozeman, Montana. Mr. Enos's illustrations have appeared in books, magazines, and newspapers for more than forty-five years. He lives in Easton, Connecticut, with his wife.

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