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Zero the Hero by [Joan Holub, Tom Lichtenheld]
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Zero the Hero Kindle Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 145 ratings

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“…cartoon energy and amusing visual asides, this story does for numbers what Laurie Keller did for states…” ―Booklist

“This tale not only reinforces mathematical principles, but also has a great message about friendship and personal feelings. It can be read aloud, alone, or performed as reader's theater.” ―School Library Journal

“Read this aloud to whet the new reader's appetite, but there is just so much to see that only a slow reading, with a magnifying glass in hand, will do.” ―Horn Book Magazine

“…features walking, talking written characters (digits, in this case, rather than letters), accompanied by Lichtenheld's snappy, cartoon-style art.” ―Publishers Weekly

“A hero and some villains and good winning over evil (oh, and all that educational stuff, too), all wrapped in humor and tied with a comic bow--what could be better?” ―Kirkus Reviews

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

From the Author

Zero the Hero grew out of a visit I made to a classroom. The teacher was using the Zero the Hero concept to teach place-holding to her students. In other words, Zero is a hero because he enables us to count beyond the number nine. Without him, we'd be like the ancient Romans, unable to do much in the way of math.

I immediately visualized Zero as an underdog math superhero, complete with cape. But it took me years to actually finish writing this book about him. Lucky thing, because the timing was perfect. The manuscript hit my editor's desk just as she was working with a wonderful, bestselling artist named Tom Lichtenheld, who agreed to illustrate it.

Zero the Hero subtly teaches place-holding and arithmetic operations like addition and subtraction. It touches on stuff like rounding up and down, even and odd numbers--and the fact that the number eight looks like a snowman. But all of that is secondary. I just hope it's a fun story that you and your family or students enjoy! --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00BUT8NVI
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First edition (February 28, 2012)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 28, 2012
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 9144 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 145 ratings

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Joan is a NY Times bestselling children's author, with books starring goddessgirls, poodles, a superhero zero, and even a red pencil, in stories about friendship, girl-power, mythology, and other universally important stuff:

• I AM THE SHARK, a picture book with heart, facts, & humor

• GODDESS GIRLS series - a middle school spin on Greek Mythology, co-author Suzanne Williams


• ZERO THE HERO - a picture book illus by NYTimes bestselling Tom Lichtenheld

• MIGHTY DADS, a picture book illus by James Dean

• MIGHTY MOMS, a board book illus by Joyce Wan

• LITTLE GODDESS GIRLS early chapter bk series (ages 5-7)

• THUNDER GIRLS a middle school spin on Norse mythology




• LITTLE RED WRITING, a picture book, 3 starred reviews + 4 notable lists

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5.0 out of 5 stars book for school
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5.0 out of 5 stars great Math helping book for a child 7-10
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