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HOW MUCH IS A MILLION

Author: David Schwartz

Illustrator: Steven Kellogg

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Publisher: HarperColling Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Learn about how much a million, billion, and trillion are in terms kids can understand. It even gives a couple pages in the back of the book that explain how they calculated their information. This is a picture book that helps kids with math concepts and large numbers.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 7 to 10

Reading Level: 3.4

Age of Child: Read with a 6 year old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter picked it because of hearing the big numbers mentioned on television about U.S. (national) spending. She was amazed at how much those numbers really were. It gave her a better understanding of how to relate big numbers to her day to day life. She asked to read this several times.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked how it made a complex subject easy to understand for children. It was a helpful book. I thought the information would be over her head but they explained themselves very well. I saw that she enjoyed learning the information because it was presented in an easy manner.

Pros: The book explains huge numbers and difficult math concepts to kids. It has good illustrations for explaining big numbers to children.

Cons: The drawings were not that inviting to look at.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is an outstanding book to have in the public or school library; and it will be handy to know about when you're kids start asking (or studying) big numbers in school.

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Educational Themes: You can use this book to teach numbers and calculating numbers. It also encourages kids to look into something they may not understand.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, math

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2010

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