Books by Bruce Goldstone

SUPER SUMMER by Bruce Goldstone
Released: May 7, 2019

"A solid ending to an excellent seasonal series. (Nonfiction. 5-10)"
Goldstone's final installment in his seasonal celebrations (Wonderful Winter, 2016, etc.) serves up all things summer. Read full book review >
WONDERFUL WINTER by Bruce Goldstone
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Readers will be doing a snow dance and waiting for winter all the more. (Nonfiction. 5-10)"
Goldstone follows up his Awesome Autumn (2012) with a salute to all things winter. Read full book review >
I SEE A PATTERN HERE by Bruce Goldstone
Released: March 10, 2015

"A solid resource for both introducing and reinforcing patterns. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Goldstone tackles slides, turns, flips and folds in his latest, a look at patterning. Read full book review >
THAT'S A POSSIBILITY! by Bruce Goldstone
Released: June 11, 2013

"Certain to be popular with teachers, this is also certain to improve any child's understanding. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Odds are, Goldstone's latest math title will provide readers with both the vocabulary and the practice to make them likely experts at determining probability. Read full book review >
AWESOME AUTUMN by Bruce Goldstone
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Wonderfully apropos pictures, solid information and sheer breadth are sure to make this an elementary-classroom staple. The cover blurb says it all: 'All kinds of fall facts and fun.' (Nonfiction. 5-10)"
Goldstone departs from his usual math picture books to deliver one of the most comprehensive books about autumn available for kids. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

Another sure-fire winner for math teachers and school libraries alike, this follow-up to Great Estimations (2006) recaps the basic estimation methods (eye-training, clump-counting, box-and-count) and gives readers several opportunities to practice them. But then the author gets tricky, mixing up the groups of objects with things of vastly different sizes, unevenly spreading them across a surface or irregularly layering them. Finally, readers will be challenged to use what they have learned to estimate length, height, weight, area and volume (in both U.S. customary and metric units). The "Hints" boxes at the bottom of each page give readers a starting point, as well as help with some of the mathematics involved in estimating large numbers of objects. Speech bubbles add some levity to a subject that children often find difficult, especially since there are no concrete "correct" answers (in either real life or in this text). Most importantly, the author's note gives specific examples of the ways estimation skills are pivotal to many professions, giving readers extra motivation to push toward mastery. Don't underestimate this one's value. (Informational picture book. 7-12)Read full book review >
GREAT ESTIMATIONS by Bruce Goldstone
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

Math teachers have a new tool for teaching estimation in this manual designed to train the eyes and mind. In the "Eye Training" section, Goldstone uses photos of objects and animals to help readers recognize groups of tens, hundreds and thousands, and then presents several opportunities to practice this type of estimation. In "Clump Counting," children see how much space ten (for example) of an object takes up, then how many groups of tens there are, to arrive at a good estimate. "Box and Count" is a similar method wherein readers are taught to visually divide a space into one hundred small boxes, count the objects within one and multiply by one hundred. Throughout, a hint box at the bottom of the page gives clues as to where to start, methods for proceeding and possible estimates. Perfectionists beware: Only one exact number is given in the entire book. A list of things to estimate gives readers a chance to practice their new skills in the real world. A must-have resource for school libraries. (Nonfiction. 7-12)Read full book review >
TEN FRIENDS by Bruce Goldstone
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

An eyeful of lively characters gives this counting book plenty of vim, as do Goldstone's (The Beastly Feast, 1998) choices of words. "If you could ask 10 friends to tea, tell me who your friends would be." Then, sequentially, he adds two numbers together to make ten, then three numbers to make ten, then four, and so on, from a simple "If you ask 8 trusty tailors, they could come with 2 proud plumbers," to the more brain-baking "How about 1 prince, 1 painter, and 2 otters, 1 diner, 1 miner, 1 major, and 3 otters." There are scuba divers, chauffeurs, quilters, ballerinas, and ventriloquists, all mixing and matching. Cahoon's (Word Play ABC, 1999) computer art turns the shepherds into geese, the chauffeurs into hippos, and the drummers into octopuses, adding another layer of humor. Busy pages compensate for flat color and figures, which somehow seem right. Goldstone's rhyme is often spread over two pages, so it can be difficult to get the syncopation right, but the fun here is in the counting more than the verse. At the end, Goldstone and Cahoon gather all their characters together in a great tea party of 100, and on the last page, a note demonstrates all the ways to add up to ten using different sets of numbers. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
THE BEASTLY FEAST by Bruce Goldstone
Released: May 1, 1998

In his picture-book debut, Goldstone serves up a grand meal of rhymes garnished by a colorful salsa of animal prints by Lent. Animals arrive at a feast, every one bearing a food that rhymes—or almost rhymes—with its name. Parrots bring carrots, antelopes bring cantaloupe, and mosquitos bring burritos. As the party gets wilder, the food and animals get jumbled: "Moose, juice, flies, and mice, muffins, puffins, pies and rice." At the finale, everyone is full and exhausted, ready for the armadillos, who bring along some pillows. Joyous prints and cut-outs use color, texture, and shapes, but there are also elements of storytelling not mentioned in the text: The sight of flies airlifting pies to the extravaganza is not to be missed. (Picture book. 2-6) Read full book review >