Reviews for Give Me Half : Understanding Halves


Horn Book Guide Reviews 1996
A brother and sister illustrate the concept of ""half"" when forced to divide equally things such as a pizza, a can of juice, and cupcakes. The rhymed text is accompanied by illustrations that clearly show the siblings dividing their treats. Suggestions about teaching fractions to children are included at the back of the book. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 1996 June
Gr 1-3 The concept that "_ and _ is 1" is presented using two bickering siblings who cannot share anything without parental intervention. Finally, the situation degenerates into a food fight, and the kids decide that if they each clean up half, they'll be done a lot sooner. Although the presentation of the math concept is clear and straightforward and the acrylic, gouache, and pencil illustrations are colorful and quirky, the singsong rhyme and lack of any real plot make this a less interesting choice than Pat Hutchins's The Doorbell Rang (Greenwillow, 1986). A list of suggestions for adults using the book with children follows the story. JoAnn Rees, Sunnyvale Public Library, CA Copyright 1998 School Library Journal Reviews

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