From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of I Wish You More , Amy Krouse Rosenthal, a delightful book of fanciful equations.
Whether it's "wishes + frosting = birthday" or "birds + buds = spring," each equation is a small delight.Read more...
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From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of I Wish You More, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, a delightful book of fanciful equations.
Whether it's "wishes + frosting = birthday" or "birds + buds = spring," each equation is a small delight. This Plus That proves that life's total experience is always greater than the sum of its parts.
This book can be used to introduce equations or even some basic life lessons. Its warm and amusing tone invites readers to come up with their own life equations, and it makes a creative gift.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-03-28
- Reviewer: Staff
Rosenthal continues her run of inspired ideas with another collaboration with Corace (Little Pea). Here, in an exercise calculated to delight, she ditches the boring numbers in math equations for words. Two pigtailed girls squabble, then reason with each other. The outcome is a simple sum: "yes + no = maybe." The same two girls gossip through a tin-can telephone: "laughter + keeping secrets + sharing = best friend." Witty observations—"anything + sprinkles = better"—alternate with improving messages as well as nods to the seasons, arts, and kid-friendly activities. "Mumbling + toe staring ≠ polite" accompanies the awkward introduction of one of the pigtailed girls to the other's mother; on the next page, with "handshake + 'how are you' = polite," the girl does better. Corace's stylized pen and ink vignettes show a world that's safe and secure; the same family members appear throughout ("tall + coffee = grown-up"), and the activities give evidence of cherished routines ("cozy + smell of pancakes – alarm clock = weekend"). It's the kind of math that children won't have any trouble comprehending. Ages 4–8. (May)