Reviews for Little Numbers : And Pictures That Just Show Just How Little They Are
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2002 Spring
Pete and Patti watch as a seismosaurus shrinks gradually to one-trillionth its original size. On each double-page spread, the dinosaurÆs new, smaller size is expressed numerically as a fraction and as a decimal or a power of ten, and visually through comparisons to objects, such as a cricket or amoeba, some of which wonÆt be familiar to young readers. At times, the many speech bubbles and text boxes clutter the cartoon-style illustrations. Copyright 2002 Horn Book Guide Reviews
School Library Journal Reviews 2001 October
Gr 3-5-This title focuses on numbers smaller than one. Using a seismosaurus dinosaur as the main example, the book chronicles the animal's gradual demise in size as it is shrunk from over 130 feet long down to one trillionth of its size. "A seismosaurus shrunk to a tenth of its size fits nicely in the front yard," while "A seismosaurus shrunk to a hundred-thousandth of its size is as small as the dot at the end of this sentence." Additional examples and scientific facts given throughout the book can be slightly distracting and/or confusing at times. The cartoon-style color illustrations add visual interest to the math presented, and can be used to further clarify the concept of fractions. This book would be best used as an addition to a lesson on little numbers.-Lisa Gangemi Krapp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.