Reviews for Fraction Action


Horn Book Guide Reviews 1994
A classroom of animals learns about fractions from their teacher, Miss Prime, in a book that combines cartoonlike, color illustrations and adequate text to make mathematical concepts amusing and accessible. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Kirkus Reviews 1994 February
~ Couched as five chapters in which teacher ``Miss Prime'' (a high-heeled, spectacled horse) presents sequential lessons to a class of five lively little animals, a lucid introduction to an often vexing topic. Leedy presents concepts with unusual care- -e.g., each example of half differs conceptually from the others: a sandwich cut in half; a glass half full; ice cream that's half vanilla and half chocolate. Spreads are bright with color and inviting details; diagrams are simple and clear; real-world examples are varied, familiar, and of interest to the intended audience. Both divided wholes and sets are considered; there's also a chapter involving equal sharing, one on subtracting fractions from a whole, and a creative review in which the pupils test their teacher. An excellent contribution that meets a real need for attractive early math books. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 6-9) Copyright 1999 Kirkus Reviews

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 1994 February #2
Romping through boldly colored panels of art, Leedy's ( A Number of Dragons ; The Furry News ) congenial cast of animal characters helps introduce the concept of fractions. Five brief chapters tell stories as they teach. In the first, for example, Miss Prime explains basic fractions to her class of five. Balancing drawings of geometric shapes divided into sections and such familiar images as half of a sandwich and a pie cut into four pieces, Leedy makes it easy for youngsters to visualize what is meant by the various amounts. Other subjects tackled include sets, dividing objects into equal parts and subtracting and comparing the value of fractions. With mini math problems (answers to which appear at the end) and large doses of humor worked into the text, this classroom-oriented book adds up to sound, instructive fun. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information.

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