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"A smaller percentage of 17 year olds saw adults reading in their homes in 1999 than in 1984."
Summary: In words, image, and fun, My Half Day walks children through the portions of life. This is a humorous fantasy that builds learning fractions into the story.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, playtime reading, learning to read, read aloud book, reluctant reader
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 10; read yourself: 7 to 10
Interest Level: 5 to 8
Age of Child: Read with girl nearly 7 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter has been waiting anxiously for this book ever since her class read My Even Day. She laughed her way through the book, pointing out the differences, changes, and otherwise funny things (like camp counselors on skates).
Adult Reader Reaction: This is fun to read, and the illustrations offer lots of opportunities for exploring (with or without reading the text). It will take a couple more readings before our child gets past the humor of the story and settles in to its lessons.
Pros: Kids will enjoy this humorous, well-illustrated introduction to fractions.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a must have for the elementary school library. For kids who are just learning fractions or are struggling with them, this would be a handy book to have. It's much more fun than flashcards.
Educational Themes: Use this book to help you make fractions relevant for kids. It is easy to take everyday events build math lessons around them. If you aren't naturally inclined toward math (like me), thumb through the pages and get ideas from the illustrations. You can also use the For Creative Minds section.