"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

10/24/14

Perfect Picture Book Friday: 1 plus 1 equals 5 and Other Unlikely Additions

(Seriously, is there a SINGLE ONE of you who could see this title and NOT pick it up??)

I'm joining with the delightful Susanna Leonard Hill today, sharing a fun picture book I encountered for Perfect Picture Book Friday. Thanks, Susanna, for giving us a place to share our favorite picture books! (Check out her ever-expanding list of perfect picture books here - and check out what she, and several others, are adding to the list here at her blog)

Title: 1+1=5 and Other Unlikely Additions
Author: David LaRochelle
Illustrator: Brenda Sexton
Publisher: Sterling, 2010
Age Range: 5 and up
Theme/Topics: Numbers, Counting, Humor

Beginning: "(first page) 1+1=3?" "(page turn) 1 unicorn + 1 goat = 3 horns!"

Synopsis: How much is 1+1? Think the answer is 2? Not always, as this playful approach to addition proves! David LaRochelle takes children on a joyful mathematical journey that will engage their minds and teach them to think about numbers in a creative, outside-the-box way. Brenda Sexton's wild and wacky illustrations add layers of witty fun to LaRochelle's clever game.

Resources: Check out the teaching guide at David LaRochelle's website (in both black and white AND color), and a few other activities he recommends. Most counting activities (especially those with sets of things) would also be great.

Why I LOVE it: It's extremely clever, for one. The illustrations are super-colorful, and make each page turn a mystery/investigation for kids (even my 10-year-old daughter enjoyed trying to figure out how the equation could work out - I did too, but I don't count, right? LOL). And it's funny, makes kids think, and encourages imagination. How can you beat that?

Hope you'll give this book a look - and check out the OTHER perfect picture books for today at Susanna's blog.


My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. Psalm 45:1

16 comments:

  1. Oh wow! What a cute idea. I bet this book is a hoot with the younger crowd. They love when they get to contradict the adult reader! Thanks.

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    1. Exactly, Joanne! One of those stories you wish you'd thought of. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Clever, I bet I would get some of these sums wrong.

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    1. Hehe - I know I did :D Thanks for stopping by, Joanna!

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  3. Clever, Joanne. It would especially suit a child who disliked math. He or she would have fun with this one!

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    1. You're absolutely right, Jarm. Thanks for stopping!

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  4. What a great idea for a book. Helps kids think outside of the box -- not that they don't already! Very clever and fun book.

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  5. Get those kids thinking outside the box before they even know where the box is! LOL. Thanks, Patricia!

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  6. Sounds very clever. Thanks for sharing this one :-)

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    1. You're very welcome, Penny! I definitely found it clever. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. I am no mathematician and I would have come up with 5 easy...hehe! Interesting concept. Love to see how its done! Thanks Joanne.

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    1. Hope you get a chance to check it out! Definitely fun. :)

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  8. Thank you for such a nice review of our book, Joanne! You sure brightened my day!

    David LaRochelle
    www.davidlarochelle.com

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    1. Wow - and David, you probably just made my WEEK! Thanks for stopping by - it's an honor. :)

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  9. What a fun, crazy book! I love it! Thanks!

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    1. Totally agree - thanks for stopping by!

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