Reviews for Mission - Addition


Booklist Monthly Selections - #2 October 1997
Ages 5^-8. In the tradition of Leedy's Postcards from Pluto: A Tour of the Solar System (1993) and Fraction Action (1994), this picture book shows the students in Miss Prime's class exploring the mysteries of addition. Short episodes take place in Fay's basement and during Tally's yard sale as well as in the classroom, where Miss Prime teaches number facts and addition skills. The animal characters find time to kid around as they answer their teacher's challenges and each other's comments. Children who want to test themselves will find the answers on the last page. Flat chalk-box colors predominate in the illustrations, which will please kids with their liveliness, their informality, and their cartoonlike speech balloons. Not a memorable story, but an attractive picture book to support the math curriculum. ((Reviewed October 15, 1997)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 1998
Miss Prime's students show how much fun math can be as they use addition facts to solve a classroom mystery, total their bowling scores, and calculate how much they owe for a meal in the ""Classy CafT."" Colorful characters and a format similar to a comic strip make learning about addition fun, while ""real-life"" applications make the math more meaningful. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 1997 August
Gr 1-3?In a style similar to that of her successful Fraction Action (1994) and 2 X 2 = Boo! (1996, both Holiday), Leedy guides readers through the learning-addition maze by using examples from the everyday world. Her growing complement of math titles pairs well with Stuart J. Murphy's "MathStart" series (HarperCollins). Here, in separate vignettes, Miss Prime and her class of animal students learn to add by playing detective and counting clues, taking a class survey, inventing word problems, and figuring out a lunch bill; two other situations focus on adding the profits of a yard sale and keeping score in a game. Although the breaks between the different scenes are not very well delineated, Leedy's explanations are clear and concise, and her colorful pictures feature a bevy of amusing animals. The math projects presented can spawn ideas for teachers and parents. Under Leedy's sure hand, Mission: Addition will not be Mission: Impossible.?Barbara Elleman, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI #

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